Premier League coverage to 'undergo HUGE shake-up' at next TV rights auction, it would offer 'meatier' packages to broadcasters
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The Premier League coverage could soon be undergoing a radical shake-up if the new plans are rolled out for broadcasters, according to stunning reports.
The current TV broadcast rights for England’s top-flight domestic league were extended in 2021, with the deal covering the 2022-23 to 2024-25 seasons.
According to reports at the time, the total value of the Premier League rights being renewed was believed to be worth around a staggering £5.1bn.
Sky Sports, BT and Amazon retained their rights to broadcast live Premier League matches, while BBC was awarded highlights for its flagship show Match of the Day.
The Daily Telegraph now reports that Premier League chiefs will plan to ‘squeeze more money out of broadcasters’ by making 60 more matches available.
The newspaper added that 260 of the 380 season-total matches would be ready for broadcasters to snap up at the next round of bidding rights for coverage.
It would mean that the aforementioned 260 total would be an increase from the 200-a-season matches that are currently broadcasted.
The match packages are reportedly set to be ‘meatier’ for the likes of Sky Sports, BT or Amazon, as well as for any other rival broadcasters ready to enter the picture.
However, it is added that TV executives believe that the number of packages could be reduced from the seven that are currently available.
According to reports, it is believed the reduction in packages would make it more difficult to broadcast matches unless more fixtures are purchased.
Sky has the current lion’s share of Premier League TV matches with its four sets of rights, which allows the broadcaster to show 128 matches per season.
BT Sport follows behind Sky with its two packages, including broadcast rights for two midweek rounds and one for the Saturday 12:30 kick-off fixtures.
Amazon, on the other hand, holds only one Premier League package and has the rights to broadcast Bank Holiday Christmas fixtures and a set of midweek matches on streaming service Prime.
SPORTbible has contacted the Premier League for comment. The Premier League declined to comment.