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BT Sport to lose Scottish football from 2020-21

There will be no Scottish football on UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport from the 2020-21 season, as the Scottish Professional Football League completes its domestic media-rights sales.

The new domestic deals, beginning in the 2020-21 season, are with Sky, Premier Sports, BBC Scotland and BBC Alba.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky will broadcast up to 48 Scottish Premiership matches and up to six Premiership/Championship play-off matches, in a new five-season deal, from 2020-21 to 2024-25. Rights are currently shared between Sky and pay-television broadcaster BT Sport.

The SPFL’s deal with pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports is for rights to between 12 and 16 Scottish League Cup live matches and highlights. These rights are currently held by BT Sport, in a four-season deal from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

Last week, Premier Sports announced that it will replace Sky to broadcast the Scottish Cup alongside BBC Scotland for the next six seasons, from 2018-19 to 2023-24.

From 2020-21, BT Sport will no longer broadcast Scottish football.

BBC Scotland – the Scottish arm of public-service broadcaster the BBC – has renewed its highlights and radio rights for the Premiership over the same five-season period. It has also added live rights to 20 matches from the second-tier Scottish Championship covering the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

BBC Alba – a Gaelic-language channel, operated by UK public-service broadcaster the BBC in a joint venture with Gaelic statutory organisation MG Alba – has acquired rights to: one delayed Premiership match each match-week, live matches from the Scottish Challenge Cup, live matches from the Championship/League One and League One/League Two play-off finals. Its deal is a three-season renewal, from 2020-21 to 2022-23, of its current deal with the SPFL.

The SPFL launched the tender on October 1.

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