Sky and BT are set to lock horns in a fierce battle for a new TV rights deal to broadcast Premier League football between 2019 and 2022.
BizAsiaLive.com understands that digital companies Google, Facebook and Netflix, who were previously also said to be in the foray, are no longer submitting bids. MediaGuardian reports that Amazon may bid for one of the less attractive seven packages available.
A deal could be announced as soon as today but there’s also strong possibility that this could be carried forward to second round of bidding next week. The bidding process covers 200 games a season played between 2019 and 2022. Broadcasters have between 08:00 and 10:00 today to submit their bids in Central London.
The current £5.1 billion deal struck in 2015 between Sky and BT is expected to be a lot more higher this time around, possibly in line with inflation. At that time, Sky spent £4.1 billion for 126 games a season, while BT forked out £960 million for 42 games.
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