Jun 7, 2018

Premier League scores with Amazon rights deal

On Thursday, Mr Scudamore revealed he had achieved his goal, announcing that Amazon will screen 60 Premier League matches in Britain over three seasons. On Thursday, it announced one of those had been picked up by Amazon, while the other was taken by BT. The price paid by Amazon was not revealed, but people close to the process admit the sum will do little to prevent the Premier League taking a substantial overall reduction compared to the previous domestic rights auction. "The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world." The bigger game is whether Amazon will now challenge broadcasters for more Premier League rights in other countries. On Thursday, the owners of the 20 Premier League clubs agreed to change the model, accepting a demand from the wealthiest six teams - Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - that overseas money should be distributed on "Merit" or performance in the division instead. The Premier League said that from next season, a new formula had been agreed to share future international broadcast revenues according to where a team finishes in the league.

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