BBC seal MOTD deal

The BBC have paid £179.7m (€224.2m) to keep their rights to the Match of the Day highlights programme of Premier League games for three years from the 2013/14 season.

The deal is a 4.5% increase on the £172m (€214m) the broadcaster paid for the current deal.

MOTD presenter Gary Lineker said: “It is wonderful news that we have Match of the Day for another three years. It is a flagship programme and it shows how much the BBC values sport and the importance of football.”

The rights cover the traditional Saturday evening slot, the Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2 on Sunday evenings and other evenings when Premier League fixtures justify a show.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore added: “The free-to-air highlights are extremely important to the broadcast reach of the Premier League; allowing the competition and our clubs to be seen by the maximum possible number of fans across the country.

“We are very pleased to be continuing our partnership."

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