Sky & BT agree new Scottish football deal

The Scottish Professional Football League has announced that Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue to broadcast live matches from the Ladbrokes Premiership until the end of 2019/20 season.

The SPFL’s two major broadcast partners already had the rights to screen up to 30 live top-flight matches from each campaign until the end of the 2016/17 season.

That was improved upon at meeting of all 12 Scottish Premiership clubs when agreement was reached with both Sky Sports and BT Sport to extend their deals by a further three years to the end of 2019/20.

In addition, BT Sport will show up to six matches from the Ladbrokes Play-offs exclusively live each season.

Commenting on the new deal for Scottish football, Barney Francis, Sky Sports managing director, said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with the SPFL, taking our coverage of Scottish football to almost 30 years with this deal.

“The SPFL is a major part of our unrivalled football schedule, in addition to the Scottish Cup and Scotland’s UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, added: “Over the past two seasons BT Sport has established a fantastic connection to Scottish football, with growing audiences for our televised coverage.

“With the addition of the popular end of season Play-Offs, BT Sport looks forward to serving Scottish football fans for the next five years with regular league coverage.”

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster added: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with both Sky Sports and BT Sport to the end of season 2019/20 on improved terms.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Sky Sports and BT Sport to broadcast action from the Ladbrokes Premiership and Ladbrokes Play-Offs for a further three years.”

Sky Sports coverage of Scottish football is hosted by David Tanner, with pundits including Neil McCann, Davie Provan and Andy Walker, while Darrell Currie fronts BT Sport’s coverage alongside regular pundits including Stuart McCall and Stephen Craigan.