SPL agree broadcasting 65m pound broadcasting deal

The Scottish Premier League's 12 clubs have agreed a £65million deal with Sky and ESPN to screen 60 live Clydesdale Bank Premier League games each season across the UK and Ireland.

The Scottish Premier League's 12 clubs have agreed a £65million deal with Sky and ESPN to screen 60 live Clydesdale Bank Premier League games each season across the UK and Ireland.

Lex Gold, chairman of the SPL, said: "We are pleased that in just over three weeks we have been able to strike this deal."

He added: "Sky and ESPN are two of the biggest names in sport broadcasting and they will bring first-class production standards to the table.

"We are looking forward to working with both in the coming years to raise the profile of the SPL for the our clubs, fans and partners."

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain said this week that he had been in discussions with Celtic about buying the broadcasting rights themselves.

However, a spokesman for the SPL said: "There was no alternative proposal brought forward by the Old Firm. We needed a vote of 8-4 and while we will not go into the exact voting, there was enough to secure the approval."