New £5.1bn Premier League TV Rights Deal Is Bigger Than The GDP Of 54 Countries

Chris Wright

11th, February 2015

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By Chris Wright

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, it was announced yesterday that Sky and BT Sport have collectively spunked a record £5.136billion for the right to screen live Premier League matches for three seasons from 2016/17 – representing a hefty 70% price hike from the current £3bn deal in place.

Now, as with most of the sums bandied around at the top end of the game these days, £5billion is just an abstract amount of money with no real relevance to most people.

However, the chaps over at Sporting Intelligence have sought to put the TV deal into some sort of perspective for us common folk, noting that the cash Sky and BT are happily frothing away on football is actually a larger sum than the total GDP (i.e, the monetary value) of 54 entire countries

Madness. Utter madness.

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  1. bob says:

    This £5bn is only for the domestic rights I think, so there will be even more money from overseas deals. And where will it all go: into grass roots football? Will it bollocks. Players pockets, players agents pockets, and whatever is left used by Sky & BT to employ any ex-Liverpool player that hasn’t been already signed up to provide “expert” commentary and analysis.

    People complain the “game” is too expensive and ticket prices need to be cut, but the “game” is a business and FFP ensures every business will need to bring in every penny it can – and the schmucks (sorry, “fans”, who actually think that “their club” is “theirs”) will continue to queue up a buy tickets whatever the price. That is even more madness than England’s 2nd division being the 5th richest league in the world.

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