Sky holds extension clause for Scottish football rights – report

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky holds a two-year extension clause to its rights deal with the Scottish Professional Football League, according to the Daily Record newspaper.

Sky’s current contract with the SPFL, which governs the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two divisions of Scottish club football, is due to expire at the end of the 2016-17 season.

However, the Daily Record said a “secret clause” in the contract provides an exclusive option of a two-year extension. Commenting on the story, SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “We are tied into a joint deal with (pay-television broadcaster) BT Sport and Sky until 2017.”

The Record added that Sky is expected to communicate its decision on the option soon.

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