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Sky netted a sweet Premier League deal but the TV rights bubble isn’t over

The value of TV packages may have plateaued in the UK but footie bosses aren’t worried, with the game’s appeal growing globally and the likes of Amazon on the sidelinesOn the face of it, the outcome of the latest battle for Premier League TV rights app…

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Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst

Broadcasters are saving under the latest TV rights deal but it does not look like the beginning of the end for the money feastAn assessment of the near-£4.5bn committed to Premier League clubs for live UK televising of their matches from 2019-22 can be…

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Sky and BT Sport pay £4.464bn for first tranche of Premier League TV packages

• Five of seven packages available have been announced• Sky to broadcast 128 matches starting from 2019-20 seasonThe payTV broadcasters Sky and BT Sport have retained their hold on live televised Premier League football, paying £4.464bn to the clubs fo…

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BT chief: We don’t need Premier League rights

Gavin Patterson says firm has ‘Plan B’ if price for live football coverage goes beyond top bidBT does not need exclusive Premier League games and has a “Plan B” if the company misses out in the upcoming £6bn TV rights auction, the chief executive has s…

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BT and Sky sign landmark content-sharing deal

Sky Atlantic blockbusters and BT premium sports channels will be available to subscribers without them having to switch providers BT customers are to get access to all of Sky’s sport and entertainment channels, including Game of Thrones for the first t…

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EFL’s extended deal with bookmaker draws criticism from campaigners

• Sky Bet to stream 18 live EFL games per season under new deal• Gambling Watch UK and GambleAware express concernsThe English Football League’s decision to deepen its relationship with the bookmaker Sky Bet has drawn criticism from campaigners, who cl…

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three- to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three- to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

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US PGA Championship will be shown live on the BBC

• PGA of America keen to give live coverage to a wider audience
• Sky TV lost live rights to the final major after talks broke down

The BBC has won the race for live UK coverage of the US PGA Championship in a shock deal which could be announced before the end of this week. This marks a potentially seismic shift for golf, amid an earlier fear that interest in the sport would be damaged by an apparent permanent shift away from terrestrial broadcasting. The Guardian revealed last week that Sky Sports had lost live rights to the final major of the year after talks broke down with the PGA of America. The tournament organisers promised a “multi platform” alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Sky was obviously embarrassed by news breaking of their US PGA scenario days after it announced the forthcoming unveiling of a dedicated golf channel. Should the BBC confirm its US PGA deal in Open week, further red faces will ensue at Sky. This marks only the second Open shown live by the satellite channel, in a move from the BBC deemed highly controversial at the time. Sky’s agreement to show all four days of the Masters exclusively is yet to be extended after an existing deal ended last year.

One complication relating to the BBC’s new major agreement relates to a clash with the world athletics championships, which the corporation was already committed to covering. However, it is believed that is not problematic with a combination of linear television channels and the BBC red button being utilised. Ewan Murray

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US PGA Championship will be shown live on the BBC

• PGA of America keen to give live coverage to a wider audience
• Sky TV lost live rights to the final major after talks broke down

The BBC has won the race for live UK coverage of the US PGA Championship in a shock deal which could be announced before the end of this week. This marks a potentially seismic shift for golf, amid an earlier fear that interest in the sport would be damaged by an apparent permanent shift away from terrestrial broadcasting. The Guardian revealed last week that Sky Sports had lost live rights to the final major of the year after talks broke down with the PGA of America. The tournament organisers promised a “multi platform” alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Sky was obviously embarrassed by news breaking of their US PGA scenario days after it announced the forthcoming unveiling of a dedicated golf channel. Should the BBC confirm its US PGA deal in Open week, further red faces will ensue at Sky. This marks only the second Open shown live by the satellite channel, in a move from the BBC deemed highly controversial at the time. Sky’s agreement to show all four days of the Masters exclusively is yet to be extended after an existing deal ended last year.

One complication relating to the BBC’s new major agreement relates to a clash with the world athletics championships, which the corporation was already committed to covering. However, it is believed that is not problematic with a combination of linear television channels and the BBC red button being utilised. Ewan Murray

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Live cricket returns to BBC as part of deal for new Twenty20 tournament

• BBC will show 10 live matches from the ECB’s new T20 competition
• Sky outbid BT Sport and retain bulk of rights

Live domestic and international cricket will return to the BBC from 2020 as part of a new broadcast deal for the England and Wales Cricket Board in which Sky retains the bulk of the rights after beating off subscription rivals BT Sport.

The new deal, which is expected to dwarf the sport’s existing broadcast money, runs from 2020 to 2024 and will be announced in full later on Friday, with the BBC down to show 10 live matches from the ECB’s new Twenty20 competition as well two England Twenty20 internationals.

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Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.

The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.

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Sky Sports to replace numbered channels and slash prices in revamp

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket, with cheapest package costing £18 a month

Sky is scrapping its numbered sports channels and replacing them with themed offerings focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket – as it combats falling viewer numbers with a branding revamp and a cheaper viewing package.

The retirement of Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 and the introduction of a new package two-thirds cheaper than current prices represents a major shakeup of the strategy that has made Rupert Murdoch’s Sky a pay-TV powerhouse.

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F1 owners say UK paywall TV deal they have inherited is detrimental to sport

• Formula One will be behind paywall between 2019 and 2024
• Sauber confirm Monisha Kaltenborn’s departure as team principal

Formula One’s new owners believe the UK television rights deal they have inherited from the previous management, led by Bernie Ecclestone, is detrimental to the sport – with coverage entirely behind a paywall from 2019 to 2024

Related: Formula One Group puts the boot into its predecessor, Bernie Ecclestone

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BT denies squeezing customers after paying £1.2bn for Champions League

Telecom firm retains exclusive rights by paying three times the sum Sky and ITV were paying to broadcast the football competition until 2014-15 season

BT has denied customers are being forced to foot the bill for a new £1.2bn Champions League football rights deal after securing the contract in the wake of inflation-busting price rises for its broadband and phone services.

The group has paid £1.18bn to fend off Sky and renew exclusive broadcast rights for Champions League and Europa League football. The deal which runs from 2018 to 2021, represents a 32% increase on the cost of its current three-year contract.

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BT’s £1.2bn Champions League splurge is price of staying in Sky game

The telecoms group needed to win at all costs after a rocky year – though it may face a tougher battle over the Premier League

BT is banking on its £1.2bn Champions League rights victory putting its business back on track after a torrid 12 months. A boost is needed after the financial and reputational damage of an accounting scandal at its Italian operation and the protracted battle with the industry watchdog over the future of its broadband division.

On Monday BT renewed ownership of UK broadcast rights to Europe’s biggest football tournament but had to shoulder a hefty 32% price increase, or almost £100m extra per season, to fend off Sky and buy the games exclusively until 2021. But after suffering something of an annus horibilis Gavin Patterson, the BT chief executive, will consider that a price well worth paying.

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Eric Bristow apologises for Twitter football sex abuse comments

Former darts champion, who has lost Sky Sports role, says it was ‘miswording’ to suggest victims were wimps

The former world darts champion Eric Bristow has apologised for a number of offensive tweets he sent out in relation to the football sexual abuse scandal.

Bristow, 59, was sacked by Sky Sports, where he had been a regular contributor to darts coverage since the early 90s, after writing on social media: “Might be a looney but if some football coach was touching me when I was a kid as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out.”

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‘Even my 78-year-old father streams’ – why football fans are switching off

When we learned that viewing figures for live football had fallen, we asked our readers whether they had stopped watching or just stopped paying. Hundreds of you replied and most agreed that TV subscriptions do not offer value for money

The viewing figures are in and the news is not good for the TV companies: fewer people are watching televised live games than they were last season. Sky’s early-season ratings are down by a fifth and BT’s Champions League coverage isn’t picking up the slack. But are people watching less live football or just avoiding the cost of subscription fees?

Related: Is the unthinkable happening – are people finally switching the football off? | Owen Gibson

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‘Even my 78-year-old father streams’ – why football fans are switching off

When we learned that viewing figures for live football had fallen, we asked our readers whether they had stopped watching or just stopped paying. Hundreds of you replied and most agreed that TV subscriptions do not offer value for money

The viewing figures are in and the news is not good for the TV companies: fewer people are watching televised live games than they were last season. Sky’s early-season ratings are down by a fifth and BT’s Champions League coverage isn’t picking up the slack. But are people watching less live football or just avoiding the cost of subscription fees?

Related: Is the unthinkable happening – are people finally switching the football off? | Owen Gibson

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US media tycoon John Malone leads race to buy F1

Liberty Media talking with CVC about a £6.4bn deal to take control of the motor sport but Sky, Qatari investors and even Apple are also in the hunt

A media company controlled by American tycoon John Malone is leading the battle to buy Formula One with the broadcaster Sky also in the hunt.

Malone’s Liberty Media, which owns a collection of media, telecoms and entertainment assets, is in talks with the private equity group CVC about a deal for the Formula One parent company, Delta Topco.

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