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Sky Sports to show record number of Premier League matches as part of new TV rights deal

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The Premier League has confirmed that Sky Sports will show a record number of matches in a new four-year deal starting from the 2025-26 season.

Sky Sports has secured live rights packages B (50 matches), C (66 matches), D (44 matches) and E (58 matches), guaranteeing a minimum of 215 live games per season. This coverage will encompass over 140 weekend fixtures, Friday and Monday evening clashes, and full coverage of three midweek match rounds. 

All matches occurring outside the traditional Saturday 3pm blackout, even those shifted to Sunday 2pm due to European competitions, will now be broadcast live. 

For the first time ever, Sky Sports will broadcast all 10 matches on the final day of each season. They will also offer multiple live matches on a number of weekends at 2pm on Sundays.

TNT Sports, formerly known as BT Sport, has clinched live rights package A, offering exclusive coverage of 52 matches per season. This includes matches played on Saturdays at 12:30pm and complete coverage of two midweek match rounds. 

BBC Sport has secured highlights rights for all 380 matches each season. This includes additional digital rights for the BBC’s online platforms, ensuring the continuation of their ‘Match of the Day’ programme. 

The Premier League say that the announced agreements, collectively valued at £6.7billion, will inject financial certainty into professional football clubs until at least 2029. 

Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, said: “We are delighted to announce new deals with Sky Sports and TNT Sports that will extend our partnership for a further four years and see more Premier League matches than ever before shown live from 2025-26 onwards.

“As long-standing and valued partners, Sky Sports and TNT Sports are renowned for consistently delivering world-class coverage and programming. We have enjoyed record audiences and attendances in recent seasons, and we know that their continued innovation will drive more people to watch and follow the Premier League. 

 “We are also extremely pleased to extend our partnership with BBC Sport, which will continue to bring weekly highlights of all Premier League matches to the widest possible audience in the UK. Match of the Day has been an institution for generations of football fans in this country and remains incredibly popular with fans of all ages.

“The outcome of this process underlines the strength of the Premier League and is testament to our clubs, players and managers who continue to deliver the world’s most competitive football in full stadiums, and to supporters, who create an unrivalled atmosphere every week.”

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