Northern Irish league football returns to Sky Sports


Sky Sports will show a selection of Northern Irish Football League matches for the next five seasons as part of a new TV deal.

The agreement, which runs until the end of the 2021/22 season, will see five Danske Bank Premiership fixtures, as well as the Northern Irish League Cup final, broadcast live on Sky Sports.

A weekend double-header kicks off the new TV deal on Friday, February 17 as Cliftonville host Glentoran (kick-off 7.45pm).

Then the Sky Sports cameras make the short trip across north Belfast the next day for the Northern Irish League Cup final between Ballymena United and Carrick Rangers (kick-off 5.30pm).

Two more live games on Sky Sports will follow in March, with a further two scheduled for April.

The deal marks the return of Northern Irish league football to Sky Sports after an absence of nearly four years.

Andrew Johnston, managing director of the Northern Irish Football League, said: “This is fantastic news for fans of Irish League football and I am delighted that the Danske Bank Premiership and the NI League Cup final will be back on Sky Sports.

“The coverage that Sky provide is a fantastic platform to promote our league, our clubs and our players to a wider audience of football fans across the UK and around the world.

“I would like to place on record our appreciation of the assistance provided by the Irish FA and UEFA in developing this agreement.

“Since the formation of the NIFL we have worked hard with our clubs, sponsors and media partners to develop and enhance the competitive structure and excitement of the League and I believe that Sky Sports customers will enjoy the passion, honesty and commitment of our clubs.

“Having averaged over three goals per game to date this season I believe viewers will not be left disappointed.”

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