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Sky reveals new SPL TV deal for five years


Broadcaster Sky Sports has confirmed it has reached agreement with the Scottish Premier League to continue its coverage of Scottish football for at least another five years.


Five live Rangers fixtures in Division Three are included in the deal along with 30 from the top flight.


There had been fears that a TV deal might disappear as a result of Rangers dropping out of the SPL.


But no figures have yet been released about the value of the new deal.


The SPL had agreed a TV deal worth £80m over five years with Sky and fellow broadcaster ESPN before the old Rangers slipped towards liquidation.


And SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster and Scottish FA counterpart Stewart Regan had both warned of dire financial consequences should the new club not start life in Division One.


Negotiations that followed Rangers being voted into Division Three by the Scottish Football League clubs have produced a new deal, with coverage beginning with Celtic at home to Aberdeen on Saturday, with a kick-off time of 12:45 having already been announced to suit television coverage.


Rangers' first game in the Third Division, away to Peterhead on 11 August at 12:45, will also be broadcast live.


The new deal is subject to ratification by the SPL clubs on Friday.


Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "We've supported Scottish football since we started, over 20 years ago, and have always wanted to continue that commitment.


"Our viewers will see the SPL for five more years and our schedule includes the opening league match for Celtic.


"We will also follow Rangers as they plot their way back to Scottish football's top flight.


"Clubs now have certainty over their income and exposure across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to the new season."


Meanwhile, the SFL has rearranged the Ramsdens Cup second-round tie between Rangers and Falkirk for Tuesday 21 August, with a 19:45

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Will be more interesting to see the figures. Since they have not been released they are either really low or haven't reduced very much at all.


I take it ESPN still have their matches over and above this 30 Sky have?


Can't see anything quoted but apparently about £12M a year with £1M going to the SFL for the Sevco games.

ESPN apparently will have 20 SPL and 10 SFL (Sevco) matches.



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When was our original deal due to expire? I'm unclear if this means a five year contract beginning now, or five years beginning after the current deal ends.


Why renegotiate the SPL contract at all if it wasn't about to expire, rather than just have the SFL negotiate a new, separate deal to flog the dead sevco horse?


I can't see how the SPL are getting anything other than less from SKY for the duration of the contract they already had, in which case it surely was in the interests of the SPL to keep the existing contract and rearrange the distribution of that money between SPL clubs now that der hun (deceased) aren't there to take their unfair share anymore.

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I think, but am not sure, that as the deal stipulated four old scum games there was a breach of contract thus the need to renegotiate. But that may be bollocks


Pretty sure that turned out to be a Cockwomble lie. I need to start bookmarking stuff to keep track of all their misinformation and bullshit.

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Pretty sure that turned out to be a Cockwomble lie. I need to start bookmarking stuff to keep track of all their misinformation and bullshit.


From the guy that usually knows everything on P&B


Original £13M p/a was to last 5 years of which the season coming was the 4th, but only if SPL exercised the 2 year 'option'.


Instead they negotiated £16M replacement deal that was never signed.


Sky-ESPN had "break clauses" anyway, exercisable if both OF weren't participating.

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From the guy that usually knows everything on P&B


The most recent comments from Cockwomble are waffling, disingenuous bullshit: “Certain contracts are not dependent on any particular team being in the division and there are certain contracts which could be,”


What sticks most about the prospect of a new deal being negotiated in this context is that lawell has his grubby hands on the steering wheel. Duncan Fraser needs to communicate how much say he's had, and how much the 'steering group' is actually representing the interests of the diddy clubs.


From STV the other day: "Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell is with his SPL counterpart Neil Doncaster in London as discussions continue over TV contracts.


Aberdeen’s Duncan Fraser and Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron are also members of a “steering group” set up to renegotiate with commercial and broadcast partners. It is not known if the pair are also down south."

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August TV games one presumes, although not explicitly stated, hope Sept list comes out soon so I can get train tickets sorted


Fixture amendment


The SPL today confirmed the following changes to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture list for 2012/13.


Sunday 12 August, 2012

Hibernian v Hearts, 12.30pm


Saturday 18 August, 2012

Ross County v Celtic, 12.15pm


Sunday 19 August, 2012

Dundee United v Dundee, 12.45pm


Saturday 25 August, 2012

Inverness CT v Celtic, 12.45pm

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Apparently the new tv deal represents only a 10% reduction in income for most clubs. Saw an article from a St Johnstone fan breaking it down an they will be the same financially (taking into account tv deal and no home games v Huns)  if they were to finish 1 place higher and get around 300 extra fans per home game.

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I wanna know if any of the matches will be shown on the international SkySports channels. I'm sick of hunting out shitey flakey video streams of Dons matches on dodgy websites.




Red TV International is back for 2012-13!


We are pleased to announce that RedTV International are able to show the SPL Season opener Celtic v Aberdeen on Sat 4th Aug 2012 kick off 12:45pm BST, provided by Sky, live via your computer!


Click the link below or click on the 'Live Matches' menu option in the RedTV site on the day of the game to access the LIVE VIDEO webcast.


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Please note that this is only available to overseas subscribers with a RedTV International Subscription Package.


We're also delighted to confirm that thanks to our colleagues at MUTV, we are also able to bring you live coverage of Neil Simpson's Benefit Match Aberdeen v Man Utd. More Information can be found here.


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ESPN announces deal to show SPL and Rangers live


ESPN has followed Sky by announcing it has agreed a deal to show live Scottish Premier League games this season - and Rangers games in Division Three.


Under the deal, 30 SPL games will be shown on ESPN over the season, as well as 10 involving Rangers.


Three of the games of the club now playing in the bottom tier after liquidation will come from Ibrox.

It represents 10 more live Scottish football games on the station than in previous seasons.


Earlier this week, Sky Sports announced a deal for 30 SPL fixtures, plus five involving Rangers.

SPL clubs had feared that the absence of Rangers from the SPL would result in a major loss of income after renegotiation of television contracts.


No figures have yet been released for the Sky deal or the one announced by ESPN.

SPL coverage on ESPN starts on Sunday, when Dundee United host Hibernian.


ESPN announced: "The Clydesdale Bank Premier League, Irn Bru Scottish Football League and ESPN have reached a multi-year deal for rights to Scottish football from next season through 2017.


"The agreement means ESPN's channels in the UK and Ireland will next season screen 40 live and exclusive matches from both leagues - more than ever before and 10 more than in previous seasons on ESPN.


"Under the deal, 30 Clydesdale Bank Premier League games will be shown on ESPN over the season alongside 10 Rangers games from the Irn Bru Scottish Football League, including three home Rangers fixtures."

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