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Premier League rights value up 8% to £9.2bn on overseas income

A rise of over a third in international broadcaster fees for the English Premier League drove an 8-per-cent increase in the property’s total rights value for 2019-2022 to £9.2bn (€10.4bn/$11.7bn) compared with the previous cycle, according to EPL’s interim chief executive, Richard Masters.

Overseas broadcasters paid £4.2bn for 2019-20 to 2021-22, Masters told the FT Business of Football Summit. This marked a 35-per-cent rise from the £3.1bn the EPL received from these sources for the 2016-17 to 2018-19 cycle.

In contrast, the value of EPL domestic broadcast rights fell to £5bn for 2019-22 from £5.4bn for 2016-19 despite the number of available games rising to 200 from 168, Masters said.

The Premier League’s UK rights will again be held by pay-television broadcasters Sky and BT Sport for the 2019-2022 cycle. They will be joined by internet giant Amazon, which will show matches from the first December midweek round and on Boxing Day through its Amazon Prime streaming service.