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English Premier League sells UK live TV rights for $7.8bn

4 years 8 months 3 days ago Tuesday, February 10 2015 Feb 10, 2015 February 10, 2015 10:50 AM February 10, 2015 in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Rob Harris

LONDON - The English Premier League has awarded the domestic television rights to Sky and BT in three-year deals worth 5.136 billion pounds ($7.8 billion).

To show matches from the 2016-17 season, the broadcasters are paying 70 percent more than their current three-season deals are worth.

To show 154 live games between 2013 and 2016, Sky and BT agreed in 2012 to pay 3.018 billion (then $4.7 billion).

Now, they can show 168 of the 380 matches live, with Sky winning the right to broadcast 126 of the games.

The league has yet to open the bidding for foreign broadcasters, which can show all 380 games each season live.

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