Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Facebook agrees €226m Premier League deal

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Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 14:29

It leaves Premier League clubs with little choice but to gamble by waiting for a specific player in the hope of negotiating a deal during a limited time frame or bite the bullet and find an alternative option while they still have the time.

The game was confirmed to kick off 24 hours ahead of initial schedule, when United Kingdom television broadcast rights holders Sky Sports and BT Sport, revealed their selections for the first two months of the campaign. The company has been pushing more into sports especially since it hired Eurosport CEO, Peter Hutton.

Former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs striker Pollen Ndlanya has urged South Africa's Premier League fans to get behind England and back them to go all the way at this year's World Cup.

The deal, reportedly worth GBP 200 million over three years is Facebook's biggest push yet into sports broadcasting, having previously streamed some MLS and La Liga games on its platform. They missed out on streaming cricket's Indian Premier League despite an offer believed to be around £450m past year.

Amazon will livestream exclusive coverage of 20 matches a season online from 2019 to 2021.

Brighton's trip to Merseyside will still take place on August 25 but has been moved to a 5.30pm KO at the request of BT Sport, who will screen the game.