The TV arrangements that have been in place for the last three years around the English Premier League are to remain in place for the next three after the League agreed in principle to a rollover of the arrangements.

This has been facilitated by an exclusion order from the British Government, temporarily setting aside provisions of the 1988 Competition Act that would have otherwise insisted upon a full tender for the rights.

The Premier League clubs reached unanimous agreement that the live and non-live agreements in place with Sky Sports, BT Sport, the BBC and Amazon Prime should remain in place.

“In light of the damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the English football pyramid, the Premier League was able to demonstrate to Government exceptional and compelling reasons for the Exclusion Order,” said a statement from the Premier League.

“This is based on the renewals safeguarding the world-leading levels of financial support committed to the football community through solidarity, youth development and wider community and good causes contributions.”

The UK renewals for the next broadcast cycle – from seasons 2022/2023 to 2024/2025 – will be concluded at the same overall value as the current arrangements between the Premier League and its broadcast partners.

As part of the Premier League’s developing strategic plan, the renewals will provide for £1.6 Billion to be provided to others down the football ‘pyramid’, including to more than 1,000 clubs in the National League system, women’s and girls’ football, EFL League One and League Two clubs and the Football Foundation.

It will also support a number of football-wide projects, which will include the Premier League’s work looking at head injuries in football, anti-discrimination and fan groups who receive funding from the Premier League.

“The Premier League would like to express our gratitude to our broadcast partners for their continued commitment to the Premier League and support for the football pyramid,” said CEO Richard Masters.

“We are hugely appreciative of the Government agreeing in principle to allow this arrangement and for their continued support for the Premier League and the English game.”

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on football, and renewals with our UK broadcast partners will reduce uncertainty, generate stability and promote confidence within the football pyramid.”

“We know that once concluded, this will have a positive impact on the wider industry, jobs and tax revenues and will enable us to maintain and increase our existing solidarity and community financial commitments to the football pyramid for the next four years, even though we are yet to understand the full impact of the pandemic.”

“It comes at an important time and will enable us to plan ahead with increased certainty against a more stable economic backdrop.”

“Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport are excellent partners and provide fantastic coverage and programming to bring our competition to fans in the UK.”

 

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