BT Sport wins more Premier League rights
BT Sport has won exclusive live rights to 42 Premier League matches in each of the 2016/17 to 2018/19 seasons, representing an increase of four matches per season on the current 38. The new rights will see BT Sport show a live Saturday evening game every Premier League weekend from 2016/17 for three seasons.
These new Premier League games will be added to the 350 exclusive live matches from the UEFA Champions League and Europa League that BT Sport will be showing from both tournaments starting this summer. The channel also has live rights to the FA Cup for the next three years.
BT Sport currently shows around 50 live matches each season featuring Premier League clubs. It will show around 115 of these matches from the 2015/16 season onwards when all competitions featuring Premier League clubs are taken into account.
John Petter, BT Consumer CEO, said: “I am pleased we will be showing Premier League football for a further three years and that we have secured the prime Saturday evening slot. These new rights will enhance our existing schedule of football, rugby and other international sport, including all the live footballing action from the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues starting this summer.
“BT Sport has got off to a strong start, reaching more than five million households and commercial premises, by making itself far more affordable and accessible to sports fans.”