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Wednesday 23 January 2013

BSkyB acquires UK long-form linear broadcast rights

Three-year deal for broadcasting delayed long-form coverage of 226 matches in the UK

BSkyB will show long-form delayed rights from next season

The Premier League is pleased to announce that BSkyB has been awarded the UK Long-Form Linear broadcast rights for 226 Barclays Premier League matches per season (all of those not broadcast live) for seasons 2013/14–2015/16.

The UK Long-Form Linear Package comprises the rights to make available delayed long-form coverage of 226 Barclays Premier League matches per season.

"We are extremely pleased that BSkyB has again chosen to invest in our UK Long-Form linear broadcast rights," said Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore. "These rights make available delayed long-form coverage of all Barclays Premier League matches not broadcast live and are an important part of our overall rights offering.

"Sky Sports has, for several seasons, used them to great effect with the successful 'Football First' programme that will continue to make available the best Barclays Premier League action to fans across the country."

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "This is fantastic news for Sky Sports viewers who will continue to enjoy unrivalled coverage of the Barclays Premier League on TV and wherever they are with Sky Go. 

"We’ll give fans the first chance to see extended highlights of all the matches every Saturday, as well as the key moments throughout the week.  Add these rights to our 116 live matches from next season, which include MNF and Super Sunday double-headers, and Sky Sports truly remains the home of the Barclays Premier League."

For an overview of the rights deals struck for the 2013/14 season onwards, click here.

For more information please contact the Premier League Press Office on +44 20 7864 9190 or press@premierleague.com

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Key Points

  • BSkyB awarded the UK Long-Form Linear broadcast rights
  • The deal is for 226 Barclays Premier League matches a season
  • The agreement runs from the 2013/14 season until the 2015/16 season