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Next U.S. TV Contract for Premiership: "$20 Million"

Oliver Tse, the creator of SoccerTV.com, wrote a revealing response to the Paul Gardner article I commented on the other day.

In Tse’s article, he mentions many of the same thoughts I had (in that it’s unfair to evaluate the Premiership based on just the matches that Fox Soccer Channel broadcasts). But what Tse does reveal is this:

“The next US TV contract for the EPL will cost $20 million each year, which is about 100 times compared to what the rights fee were for the 1994-1995 season.”

If that number is close to being real, it gives you — the reader — a good idea why Fox Soccer Channel decided to sublicense some of the Premiership matches to Setanta Sports this past summer. With rights fees like that, it only makes sense for Fox and Setanta to partner.

While the Premiership is undoubtedly the most expensive league to own the TV rights for, it’s no wonder that Fox let the Bundesliga and Lique Une go to GolTV and Setanta respectively.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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