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FSA statement: New Premier League TV deal

Earlier this week, the Premier League announced that it has agreed a new deal with Sky and TNT Sports in which the competition will receive £6.7bn over four years for its UK television rights and with it a significant increase in the number of games that will be selected for live broadcast.

In response from FSA chair Malcolm Clarke said:

“The new TV deal will have a huge impact on match-goers with fewer fixtures than ever played on Saturday at 3pm – it’s a massive headache for supporters trying to get to and from games at unsociable hours.

“Broadcasters have almost absolute power in dictating kick-off times, often to the detriment of supporters, and we want to see top-flight clubs and the Premier League doing a lot more for supporters with the money generated.

“Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says this deal is a testament to players, managers and supporters who create ‘an unrivalled atmosphere every week’ – so let’s make sure supporters are rewarded with affordable football home and away at every club.

“Finally, we’d like to see a far more equitable distribution of income throughout the football pyramid – protecting both the grassroots of the game and our historic football clubs who play such a vital role in our communities.”

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