Every game outside 3pm blackout to be televised in new Premier League TV deal
Every game outside the 3pm blackout will now be televised from 2025 as Sky Sports and TNT Sport extended their stranglehold on the live UK rights to the Premier League.
But Amazon has lost all coverage of the world’s richest league from the end of next season as serious competition from streaming services like DAZN failed to materialise in football’s biggest auction.
Sky secured the lion’s share of the rights in what was a four-year deal – including retaining the coveted ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘Monday Night Football’ slots – and increased its number of games from a minimum of 128 per season to 215.
TNT Sport – formerly BT Sport – held on to Saturday lunchtime kick-offs plus two midweek rounds, keeping the minimum 52 matches it currently holds.
The TV giants paid a record £6.4 billion between them for around 270 of the competition’s 380 matches per season, with only those shown during Saturday’s 3pm blackout remaining outside the deal.
Telegraph Sport has been told Amazon did not even bid to retain a share of a competition it first began showing four years ago and the awarding of the rights for the 2025-29 season came barely 24 hours before its first matches of the season.
DAZN had publicly declared its intention to try to secure at least one of the five packages being sold, which each included more matches than the seven current packages in an attempt to drive interest.
The new four-year deal saw the Premier League secure a year-on-year increase on what was previously a three-year, £5billion, arrangement that been rolled over due to the Coronavirus crisis.
That increase was purely down to selling 70 more matches a year, with the new deal actually seeing a fall in the average value of an individual fixture.
However, it still put its major European rivals in the shade after their own most recent domestic rights sales witnessed declining or flatlining broadcast fees.