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July 6, 2009

Sky Sports and ESPN in deal over SPL rights


by David Allen

It looks as if satellite sports channel Sky Sports and UK newcomer ESPN will be making a joint bid for the Scottish Premier League (SPL) live games which have become available due the collapse of Setanta.

There was one year left on the Setanta contract with the SPL for which it would have had to pay £14 million, but the satellite channel has won a four year contract with the SPL that was worth £125 million.

The deal that Sky Sports and ESPN are likely to offer is bound to be substantially less, probably as much as £40 million lower than the original deal.

The SPL may not like the new deal but it will be relieved that Sky Sports and ESPN are there to pick up the pieces left after Setanta closed down the UK division, leaving many sporting organisations without a TV contract.

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