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Sky and ORF retain Austrian Bundesliga rights

Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF and pay-television operator Sky Deutschland have retained live domestic rights to the Austrian Bundesliga, the top division of football in the country.

The deals will run for three years, from 2013-14 to 2015-16, but there is a two-year extension option on both agreements.

According to the APA news agency, the two deals are worth a total of €60 million ($78 million), or €20 million per year. In the current three-year cycle, from 2010-11 to 2012-13, ORF and Sky pay a total of €17 million per year.

Sky will remain the primary rights-holder and will be able to show every Bundesliga game live. ORF has acquired rights for one match per round.

Bundesliga president Hans Rinner said that he had hoped for stronger interest from commercial broadcaster Servus TV in the sales process, but added: “We are thrilled and proud that we continue on our path with ORF and Sky.”