New Premier League TV deal will see over 200 games air live

Andrew Cummings
December 11, 2017

A total of 200 live matches per season are up for grabs - more than 50 per cent of the entire season and 42 more than the current deal which sold for just over £5bn.

There are some major changes coming to how the Premier League is broadcast on TV, with even more games to be broadcast on television, which will see some spill into a new Saturday night slot.

Another package is said to include eight 7.45pm Saturday kickoffs, a primetime slot that will place them in competition with the likes of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

Seven different packages of matches will go out to tender and, of those, one will contain 20 games consisting of two midweek programmes and another will include a midweek and a bank holiday fixture schedule.

The latest TV deal which began in 2016-17 and runs until 2018-19 saw a 70% increase from the previous £3bn deal.

Speculation has seen both Amazon and Facebook linked with making huge bids.

No single buyer will be allowed to acquire more than 148 matches per season.

The Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) said that clubs should cut ticket prices and subsidise travel, particularly for televised midweek evening matches, to help fans.

A separate broadcast package will cover free-to-air Premier League highlights.

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