The Premier League has welcomed the Government’s confirmation that it will be making an Exclusion Order under the Competition Act 1998 relating to the three-year renewal of the League’s UK live and non-live broadcast agreements with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport. The renewals - at the same overall value as the current arrangements - will provide certainty to clubs throughout professional football as a result of maintaining current levels of financial support of around £1.5 billion and enables the League to commit to increased funding. This gives security and continuity throughout the pyramid until at least 2025.
The Premier League already commits world-leading levels of support to 72 EFL clubs, youth development, community organisations of 92 Premier League and EFL football clubs to deliver national programmes in schools and the community, as well as the 68 National League clubs to deliver community programmes. As part of the Premier League’s total new commitment, an additional £100m will be invested over the next four years in five keys areas: the National League system; developing the women’s and girls’ game; enhancing community football facilities; supporting EFL clubs; and projects that help the wider game. More can be seen on the Premier League website here.
Richard Masters, Chief Executive of the Premier League, said: “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 of 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.”