Sky Sports is turning live Premier League football into a regular monopoly after they were able to secure the rights to five of the six live packages starting next season. That’s one more than they previously had, meaning Setanta will no longer be hosting the Monday evening match as they have this season and in the past.
The new deal means that Setanta have held on to the Saturday evening slot but the Monday night match has returned to Sky.
The Premier League confirmed the overall value of the six packages, which each contains 23 live games, is £1.782 billion, a slight increase on the last deal secured three years ago.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, said: “The Barclays Premier League is a fantastic competition. The continued investment in playing talent and facilities made by the clubs is largely down to the revenue generated through the sale of our broadcast rights. (Telegraph)
For those of you that don’t have Sky, what do you make of this new deal? Will it force you to finally give in and use their services? Also, what do you make of Setanta going forward? With only one of the five packages, will the smaller start-up company be able to survive the next couple of years?