By Professor Dr Ian Blackshaw
The FA English Premier League (FAPL) have announced, on 13 May 2021, that they have concluded a ‘new’ TV deal for the seasons 2022-25.
In fact, it is a ‘roll over’ of their current deal of £4.7 billion for the live TV rights, agreed in 2018, with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport. However, under the ‘new’ deal, the FAPL will contribute £100 million to other English football leagues over 4 years and also support several football-wide projects, including anti-discrimination, fan groups and research into the effects of football head injuries.
For more details on the deal, logo onto: https://www.premierleague.com/news/2139168.
The UK Government has approved the deal with an ‘Exclusion Order’ under the UK Competition Act of 1998, which will allow the FAPL to proceed with the deal without having to go through the competitive tendering process required under National Competition Law.
The FAPL stated that:
“In light of the damaging impact of the covid-19 pandemic throughout the English football pyramid, the Premier League was able to demonstrate to Government exceptional and compelling reasons for the Exclusion Order.”
And Richard Masters, the Chief Executive of the FAPL, added:
“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on football, and renewals with our broadcast partners will reduce uncertainty, generate stability and promote confidence within the football pyramid.”
No doubt there are sighs of relief all round!