UK Government have approved the renewal of the current Premier League broadcasting contract covering 2022-25 seasons.
The decision was approved after the Government decided to place an exclusion order under the Competition Act 1998, which means that the current contract due to end in May 2022 at end of 2021-22 season will now be renewed for a further three seasons until the conclusion of 2024-25 season.
Sky Sports will consequently remain as the dominant Premier League broadcaster with a minimum of three matches per weekend throughout the season, excluding the final day when all fixtures are played altogether simultaneously.
BT Sport retain their Saturday lunchtime slot alongside one midweek and the second designated Bank Holiday round apiece, as is their current terms as the existing contract returns to pre-pandemic rules ahead of 2021-22 season.
Amazon Prime Video will continue to show the first midweek round of season alongside the designated first bank holiday round depending on how Xmas dates fall in the calendar each season.
BBC will return to their pre Coronavirus pandemic stance of highlights across Saturdays and Sundays as well as in midweek, plus the occasional Monday evening highlights if a blockbuster title impacting tie is played in Sky’s Monday Night Football that particular matchweek.
These renewals with all four broadcast partners is thought to ‘provide certainty to clubs throughout professional football’ with maintained ‘current levels of financial support of circa £1.5billion’ whilst enabling commitment towards ‘increased funding’ on top of ‘security and continuity’ across the football pyramid.
Premier League’s Chief Executive, Richard Masters released a statement, saying: “The Premier League welcomes the Government’s approval to renew our UK broadcast arrangements for the next three-year cycle.
“This allows us to commit to increasing our support to the football pyramid and communities for the next four years, which is vital following the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on football.
“We will work with our football partners to ensure that this investment helps the game recover and lay foundations for a positive future.”
There will also be an additional £100m of investment made to the following five areas:
- National League System – ‘Enhanced solidarity’ support in recovery from pandemic with creation of a Club Development Fund in order to improve playing experiences and grassroots connections.
- Women’s Football – Work closely with FA to develop Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and Women’s National League plus increase diversity in Talent Pathways.
- Enhance community facilities – Provide extra funding to Football Foundation for facility development as part of plans to build 400 small-size facilities by 2025.
- Support EFL clubs – Continuation of relief packages from 2020-21 season.
- Support wider football projects – Provide additional funds for projects studying heading, anti-discrimination and health like making additional defibrillators available at football facilities.