Premier League BT solidarity

The rights to show Premier League games from 2019-2022 have been sold for £4.464bn – with two live packages still to be sold.

According to the BBC, Sky Sports have won the rights to four tranches – 128 live matches – while BT Sport have one, comprising 32 games.

“To have achieved this investment with two packages remaining to sell is testament to the excellent football competition delivered by the clubs,” executive chairman Richard Scudamore said.

Sky will have first choice of every weekend match and will also show Saturday night fixtures (19:45) for the first time.

BT will show Saturday lunchtime fixtures from August 2019 and have said they will pay £295m per season – £9.22m per match – across the three years.

That means Sky have committed to £3.579bn – or £9.3m per game.

In 2015, Sky handed over £4.176bn for 126 fixtures each season – including the first Friday evening games and both Sunday packages – and BT paid a total of £960m for 42 matches.

For the remaining two packages, it is speculated that Amazon, Facebook, Netflix or Twitter would bid for the first time and break the Sky-BT duopoly.