The Premier League has recently finalized an unprecedented domestic television deal, reaching a staggering £6.7 billion, with broadcasting rights shared between Sky and TNT for the showcase of up to 270 live games each season.
Termed as the “largest sports media rights deal ever concluded in the UK,” the agreement spans the four years from the 2025-26 season. Despite this mammoth deal, the Saturday 3 pm blackout will persist, although all 2 pm Sunday kick-offs will now be televised.
Maintaining its long-standing tradition, the BBC will continue to air highlights on Match of the Day. The BBC’s deal extends beyond television, encompassing MOTD2, Football Focus, and additional digital rights for its online platforms.
Within this colossal arrangement, Sky has secured four out of the five packages, promising a minimum of 215 matches per season. Sky’s coverage will include Saturday 5.30 pm kick-offs, Sunday 2 pm and 4.30 pm kick-offs, evening games on Mondays and Fridays, and three midweek rounds.
TNT, on the other hand, has been granted the rights to broadcast a minimum of 52 matches annually, featuring all 12.30 pm kick-offs on Saturdays and two midweek match rounds. Additionally, Sky Sports will exclusively air all 10 matches on the final day of each season.
Notably absent from the renewed agreement is Amazon, which currently broadcasts 20 matches per season under the league’s existing deal. This marks the first time since 2018 that the Premier League has undergone a tender process for its broadcasting rights.
It’s worth mentioning that the current £5 billion domestic TV rights deal, initially set for three seasons and set to expire at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season, was extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.