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The History of Premier League TV Deals

By on 10th September 2016

In February 2015 it was announced that Sky Sports and BT Sport had won the battle for the right to show Premier League matches in the United Kingdom.

The deal is worth an incredible £5.14 billion over three seasons, with 168 games being shown live from the start of this season.  That works out at roughly £10 million per Premier League game!  Imagine that for a boring 0-0…

This deal was noticeable during this past summer’s transfer window when English Premier League clubs were breaking their record transfer deals left, right and centre. Several managers and journalists also reported that English sides were paying over-the-odds for players because foreign clubs knew the spending power these Premier League sides now have as a result of the TV deal.

Manchester United even broke the world record transfer fee when they splashed out £89.3 million to bring Paul Pogba back from Juventus.  This is the first time Real Madrid had not had owned the world’s most expensive player this millennium!

Despite the crazy money spent by several clubs this summer and the acquisition of some of the top managers, neither Manchester City nor Arsenal are among the bookmakers’ favourites to win this season’s UEFA Champions League.  Paddy Power’s football odds have Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as the favourites.At the other end of the sale, the three teams that are relegated from the Premier League this season will earn as much as £100 million for finishing in the bottom three – that’s up from £62 million last season and more than the winners of the German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 will receive!

Below is a graphic that illustrates the English football league TV money and transfer deals over the years:

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