Sky Sports wins live Premier League rights
Sky has strengthened its position as the home of sport and unrivalled choice for sports fans by winning the UK rights to 126 live Premier League matches a season from 2016-17 to 2018-19.
The new deal ensures that Sky Sports will be the only place to follow the biggest matches and stories throughout the Premier League season. Viewers will be able to rely on Sky Sports to bring them three times as many live matches as any other broadcaster, including the best match picks and the most-watched slots in the schedule. By securing the rights to matches on Friday evenings for the first time, Sky Sports will also bring viewers an entirely new way to start the weekend with live Premier League football.
The expanded schedule of live Premier League matches will be a key part of the unrivalled breadth of coverage offered by Sky Sports across seven channels. After 25 rights deals in 2014, and a new agreement for live rights to The Open golf championship from 2017. Together, they ensure Sky Sports will be the only choice for sports fans for years to come.
The key points of our new Premier League rights agreement include:
More live matches than ever before, with 126 fixtures a season versus 116 under the existing contract
Live coverage on more days of the week, with matches on Friday evenings for the first time as well as Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings
The best match picks, including 26 first picks and 31 second picks, meaning that Sky Sports will offer more of the biggest matches
Live coverage of every Premier League club at least four times a season
Rights to offer live coverage across a range of platforms, including online and mobile