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Every game outside 3pm blackout to be televised in new Premier League TV deal

Sky Sports television presenter David Jones alongside pundits Izzy Christiansen, Micah Richards and Gary Neville as part of their live coverage
Sky Sports will continue to be the Premier League's foremost broadcaster until 2029 - Reuters/Carl Recine

Every game outside the 3pm blackout will now be televised from 2025 as Sky Sports and TNT Sports extended their stranglehold on the live UK rights to the Premier League.

But Amazon has lost all coverage of the world’s richest league from the end of next season as serious competition from streaming services like DAZN failed to materialise in football’s biggest auction.

Sky secured the lion’s share of the rights in what was a four-year deal – retaining the coveted ‘Super Sunday’ and ‘Monday Night Football’ slots – and increased its number of games from a minimum of 128 per season to 215.

TNT Sports – formerly BT Sport – held on to Saturday lunchtime kick-offs plus two midweek rounds, keeping the minimum 52 matches it currently holds.

The TV giants paid a record £6.4 billion between them for around 270 of the competition’s 380 matches per season, with only those played during Saturday’s 3pm blackout remaining outside the deal.

Telegraph Sport has been told Amazon did not even bid to retain a share of a competition it first began showing four years ago and the awarding of the rights for 2025-29 came barely 24 hours before its first matches of the season.

DAZN had publicly declared its intention to try to secure at least one of the five packages being sold, which each included more matches than the seven current packages in an attempt to drive interest.

The new four-year deal saw the Premier League secure a year-on-year increase on what was previously a three-year, £5billion, arrangement that been rolled over due to the Coronavirus crisis.

That increase was purely down to selling 70 more matches a year, with the new deal actually seeing a fall in the average value of an individual fixture.

However, it still put its major European rivals in the shade after their own most recent domestic rights sales witnessed declining or flatlining broadcast fees.

As expected, the BBC’s Match of the Day programme retained the rights to late-night Premier League highlights after ITV chose not to bid for them.

The announced live and highlights deals were worth £6.7 billion in total, with a further increase expected from near-live rights that remained unsold on Monday.

Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, said: “We are delighted to announce new deals with Sky Sports and TNT Sports that will extend our partnership for a further four years and see more Premier League matches than ever before shown live from 2025/26 onwards.

“As long-standing and valued partners, Sky Sports and TNT Sports are renowned for consistently delivering world-class coverage and programming. We have enjoyed record audiences and attendances in recent seasons, and we know that their continued innovation will drive more people to watch and follow the Premier League.

“We are also extremely pleased to extend our partnership with BBC Sport, which will continue to bring weekly highlights of all Premier League matches to the widest possible audience in the UK. Match of the Day has been an institution for generations of football fans in this country and remains incredibly popular with fans of all ages.

“The outcome of this process underlines the strength of the Premier League and is testament to our clubs, players and managers who continue to deliver the world’s most competitive football in full stadiums, and to supporters, who create an unrivalled atmosphere every week.”

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