The Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier Football League, following the collapse of Setanta Sports, have sold the rights to screen the forthcoming season’s football to joint bidders Sky and ESPN for £65million to screen 60 matches per season until the end of season 2011/12 with the option to extend for a further two seasons.
Greg Mailer, spokesman for the Scottish Premier League issued the following statement:
At today’s AGM, the clubs agreed a £65 million deal with Sky and ESPN to screen 60 live Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches each season across the UK and Ireland. They will last until the end of season 2011/12 with the SPL having an option to extend for a further two seasons beyond that.
Celtic and Rangers had tabled their own rival bid earlier this week, however, it is widely thought that the smaller clubs, having relied heavily on TV rights money promised by Setanta, were keen to sign off on the Sky deal.