BT Sport and Sky agree new Scottish Premiership deal

Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue to share live coverage of top-flight football in Scotland until 2020, after signing a new deal with the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

Both broadcasters will show more than 30 games every season until 2019/20. BT Sport also has the rights to up to six of the end of season play-off matches, which determine who will be relegated from or promoted to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership.

The existing deal, which started in 2014, is believed to be worth around £15 million a season and the league body says it's agreed "improved terms" for the new deal, which could net top Scottish clubs an extra £3.75 million a year.

Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: "We're delighted to extend our partnership with the SPFL, taking our coverage of Scottish football to almost 30 years with this deal. The SPFL is a major part of our unrivalled football schedule."

Head of BT Sport Simon Green said: "Over the past two seasons BT Sport has established a fantastic connection to Scottish football, with growing audiences for our televised coverage."

"With the addition of the popular end of season play-offs, BT Sport looks forward to serving Scottish football fans for the next five years with regular league coverage."

The BBC and Sky currently hold the live television rights to domestic cup competitions in Scotland with the BBC offering comprehensive radio coverage for all seven competitions including the Scottish Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two divisions.

Source: BBC

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