Sky and BT retain Premier League rights in £4.46bn deal

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The fixtures Sky will show per season include 32 on Saturdays at 5.30pm, 24 on Sundays at 2pm, eight on Saturdays at 7.45pm, 32 on Sundays at 4.30pm, 24 matches on Mondays at 8pm or Fridays at 7.30pm/8pm and eight matches on Sundays at 2pm.

Investors have cheered Sky and BT after the two media giants stumped up £4.5 billion to claim the broadcasting rights to dozens of Premier League football matches.

There had been talk that global technology giants Amazon and Facebook might enter the fray but they remain on the outside for the time being, although the Premier League said on Tuesday that "multiple bidders" were interested in the remaining two "simulcast" packages. These consist of 20 Bank holiday or midweek games each, per season. The operator paid GBP 1.193 billion per year for the packages, down GBP 199 million per year, a 16 percent cost reduction per game compared to its current agreement.

The Premier League have released details of the confirmed broadcasters for the next TV deal which spans 2019-2022.

In a statement, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: "We are extremely pleased that BT and Sky continue to view the Premier League and our clubs as such an important part of their offering". Also paying more per game.

Both the outstanding packages allow for simultaneous live broadcast of matches - there are two rounds of fixtures in each package (20 games in each, 40 games in total).

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BT will only show 32 live games on Saturdays at 12:30.

"It provides them with certainty and will underpin their continued efforts to put on the most compelling football, invest sustainably in all areas, and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond".

Commenting on the reduced £3.579bn the company is paying for its four prime packages, Stephen van Rooyen, Sky's United Kingdom chief executive, said they had taken a "disciplined approach".

That amount falls short of the £5.1bn the Premier League netted in 2015.

He added: "'Not only do we remain the home of Premier League football but also the home of top quality drama, entertainment, comedy and other sports", he said.

"Sky and BT have, six years later than they might have done, got the cross-supply deal in place and finally got the inflation genie back in the bottle", said Mike Darcey, a former chief operating officer at Sky, where he worked on five Premier League bids.

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