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Premier League a case of hyper-inflation

Knocking copy about the Premier League is pretty much standard and we're seeing a lot of it on the 25th anniversary.  A journalist once said I took a Panglossian view of the Premier League, but someone has to recognise that there are positives as well as negatives.

Internet giants may bid for Premier League matches

There is a growing expectation that Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter could enter the race for the next round of Premier League television rights which will be open to tender towards the end of the year.

Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn slams owner

Jeremy Corbyn told the owner of Arsenal to 'stick to football' yesterday after it was revealed that the American billionaire Stan Kroenke had launched an online hunting channel that shows lions and elephants being killed for sport.   My Outdoor TV has been described as the Netflix of the hunting, shooting and fishing world.

Big boost in Championship television coverage

There will be a big increase in the number of Championship matches shown live on television according to a tender document issued by the English Football League.  

The EFL would allow the number of league games broadcast live to almost treble from 112 to 324 matches a season in 2019-20. Up to 228 of the 552 Championship matches would be live, compared with 92 at present.

Evening games on Saturdays?

Premier League clubs are considering playing games on Saturday nights with a 7.45 pm kick off.  Up to 30 more fixtures will be shown live in the next broadcasting deal which runs the risk of market saturation unless new formats can be found.

However, fans are unlikely to welcome the idea as it would make it more difficult for them to attend away matches without an overnight stay.

Premier League viewing figures fall

Premier League football has suffered the biggest drop in viewing on Sky's TV platorm for at least seven years.  Average viewing on Sky's live TV platform fell 14 per cent and total viewing hours 6 per cent over the season.

Sky is paying £10m a game, two thirds more than previously, to screen matches in a three year deal.  It is spending £4.2bn for 126 games a year.  BT is paying £960m for its right to show 42 games a season.  It recorded a more modest fall in average viewing of 2 per cent, but that is from a lower base.

Top six want bigger share of spoils

Overseas broadcasting fees have become increasingly important in the Premier League's revenue stream.  An estimated £3bn of the £8.3bn broadcasting pot now comes from this source.

Title earns Chelsea £151m

Champions Chelsea have earned nearly £151m in television fees and prize money.  Chelsea received almost £58m more than Leicester City did for winning the title last season.

Chelsea's prize money for coming top was £38.8m, while 'facility fees' for being shown live on television in 28 of their 38 league games brought in another £32.8m.   An equal share of TV deals, domestically and overseas, plus commercial income contributed about £79.2m.

Is piracy problem hitting viewing figures?

The number of viewers watching Premier League matches on Sky during the first half of the season is 12 per cent down on the previous year.   Sky's latest six month results showed that profits had been affected by a £314m increase it had to pay to the Premier League in that period.

Catch 22 for MLS

MLS captured only seven per cent of the US television market for soccer from August to December.  A third of viewers watched the Mexican Liga, reflecting the importance of the Hispanic audience.   22 per cent watched the Engish Premier League.