The Premier League is set to schedule football matches on Friday nights as part of the new TV rights offering.
Broadcasters will be able to bid for seven packages totalling 168 live matches, up from the current 154 matches, from season 2016/17 to 2018/19. As part of the new deal up to ten Friday night games will be offered meaning Premier League match weekends could potentially be spread over four days from Friday to Monday.
Sky has long had a dominance over the Premier League currently showing 116 games a season, with just 38 being given to BT. However, the latter has been battling back considerably of late and secured all rights to the Champions League from 2015.
BT paid £897 million for a three-year broadcast deal which allows it to exclusively broadcast Champions League and Europa League matches. The deal, which boasts 350 fixtures, is currently shared between Sky and ITV and represents the first time a single UK broadcaster has secured a deal of this ilk.
The Premier League confirmed that while the new deal would include the introduction of Friday night matches there would be a continued protection of the Saturday 15:00 GMT "closed period". This prevents broadcasts of traditional kick-off times and is aimed at helping to boost attendances.
BBC Sport's hold over the Football League highlights package is also under threat with Channel 5 expected to win a three-year deal. The BBC's Football League Show is set to be discontinued as C5 is confirmed as the preferred bidder. In a £2 million contract, C5 will also get rights to screen Capital One Cup highlights as well.
It will come as a major blow to the BBC's operations as it also fights ITV to keep its famous Match of the Day programme as its rival battles for the Premier League highlights package.
Find up to date information on the FTSE 100 and spread betting strategies at City Index
GAIN Capital UK Limited (trading as “City Index”) is an execution-only service provider. This material, whether or not it states any opinions, is for general information purposes only and it does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives. This material has been prepared using the thoughts and opinions of the author and these may change. However, City Index does not plan to provide further updates to any material once published and it is not under any obligation to keep this material up to date. This material is short term in nature and may only relate to facts and circumstances existing at a specific time or day. Nothing in this material is (or should be considered to be) financial, investment, legal, tax or other advice and no reliance should be placed on it.
No opinion given in this material constitutes a recommendation by City Index or the author that any particular investment, security, transaction or investment strategy is suitable for any specific person. The material has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research. Although City Index is not specifically prevented from dealing before providing this material, City Index does not seek to take advantage of the material prior to its dissemination. This material is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.