BT Sport to broadcast Scottish Premiership play-offs

Football fans will enjoy all the drama of this season’s Scottish Premiership Play-Offs after the SPFL announced that BT Sport will broadcast all six games exclusively live.

Introduced last season following the formation of the SPFL, the first ever Scottish Premiership Play-Offs lived up to the hype and the 2014/15 edition looks set to do the same.

Twelve months ago, Hamilton Academical defeated Hibernian in a penalty shoot-out at Easter Road at the end of their dramatic two-legged final last May, thereby gaining promotion to the Premiership and relegating Hibernian to the Championship.

Anticipation for this year’s Scottish Premiership Play-Offs is again huge with final Championship positions being determined this coming weekend and competition just as fierce at the lower end of the Premiership with four games remaining to be played.

Now, it has been confirmed that BT Sport will screen all six games of the Premiership Play-Offs live, covering the quarter-final on May 9 and 17, the semi-final on May 20 and 23 and the final on May 28 and 31.

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive, said: “We’re delighted this exclusive deal with BT Sport allows us to move our live TV coverage on to another level.

“Last season the final was broadcast live but for this season we will see all six Scottish Premiership Play-Off matches live on BT Sport.

“The Scottish Premiership Play-Offs have breathed new life into Scottish football and we await another six massive games this May with both BT Sport and BBC Scotland.”

Simon Green, Sports Channels Director at BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is proud to enhance its partnership with Scottish football. Audiences for our SPFL televised coverage are growing and our exclusive televised coverage of the Play-Offs builds on our offering to Scottish football fans.”

As well as BBC Scotland’s live radio commentary and TV highlights of the Scottish Premiership Play-Offs, BBC Alba will be screening both legs of the Scottish Championship Play-Off final.

Dates and kick-off times for the Scottish Premiership Play-Offs below:

• Saturday 9 May – (5.30pm k/o): Quarter-final, 1st leg   BT Sport 1
• Sunday 17 May – (3.30pm k/o): Quarter-final, 2nd leg   BT Sport 2

• Wednesday 20 May (7.45pm k/o): Semi-final, 1st leg   BT Sport 1
• Saturday 23 May (12noon k/o): Semi-final, 2nd leg   BT Sport 1

• Thursday 28 May (7.45pm k/o): Final, 1st leg   BT Sport 1
• Sunday 31 May (3pm k/o): Final, 2nd leg   BT Sport 1