BBC has renewed its contract for Premier League highlights for three years in a record £211.5 million deal – a £7.5 million raise over the existing deal. The rights will also include Match of the Day 2, Football Focus and The Premier League Show.
MOTD and MOTD2 attract a combined audience of more than seven million each weekend, BBC has reported. More than five decades old, the Match of the Day show was launched in 1964.
Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said the deal highlights the show’s “continued success and popularity”.
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said: “To secure the Premier League highlights for another three years is fantastic news for football fans all over the UK and ensures the BBC remains the free-to-air home with the iconic Match of the Day at the heart of all the action.”
Last season, the BBC’s Premier League football programming was watched by 37 million people, and there were a further 40 million requests for these shows on BBC iPlayer.
“We are extremely pleased that our partnership with BBC Sport will continue through to 2022,” Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said.”They do an excellent job of making the Premier League available to millions of fans across the UK with a range of high-quality programming and content.”
The new Match of the Day rights deal covers UK highlights. The live television rights deal, which will come in for the 2019-20 season, is still being negotiated.
The three-year deal that started for the 2016-17 season cost a total of £5.136bn, an increase of 70% on the previous £3bn deal. Sky paid £4.176bn to show 126 matches, including the first Friday evening games and both Sunday packages, and BT paid £960m for 42 games.
Under the new deal, eight Premier League games will be played in a new 19:45 slot on Saturdays as broadcasters bid for rights to show 200 live matches.