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Premier League TV rights deal sees Lord Sugar bemoan English football's future

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Lord Alan Sugar believes that the new Premier League TV rights deal will have a negative effect on the future of the English national team. 

Sky and BT Sport agreed a deal with the Premier League on Tuesday for television rights worth £5.13 billion for three seasons of live action, beginning at the start of the 2016-17 season. It is a 70% increase on what the two companies are currently paying. 

Sugar view

The businessman helped form the Premier League in 1992 and was part of a group that helped negotiate the original TV rights for £191 million. And the ex-Tottenham owner told BBC Sport that young English players will be "starved" of games as clubs look abroad for lucrative big-name signings.

"It's an amazing amount of money for three seasons," he said.

"It's certainly a positive thing for domestic clubs but it's a negative thing for international football and for England. Unfortunately the more money that is given to clubs the more money that will be spent on players."

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"It's certainly a positive thing for domestic clubs but it's a negative thing for international football and for England. Unfortunately the more money that is given to clubs the more money that will be spent on players" 

Players like Harry Kane have emerged at Lord Sugar's former club this season and he thinks this needs to be a more recurring story not a thing of the past. 

"Football was never started as a business," he said.

"Money thrown into the league in order for Premier League clubs to survive by hiring in players from abroad and not allowing young players to come through is the reason why we'll never win the World Cup or European Championships again.

Kane example

"If you take Tottenham at the moment, we have Harry Kane, it's bit of a phenomenon.

"Young boy from the local area, loves his club and has now become a key player - but he is an exception to the rule. We need more of that if we are going to put out a proper English team in the future."

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore admits he was surprised by the sizeable fee Sky and BT Sport paid but believes the unpredictability of the league is the main draw. 

"It's unscripted drama and great content," Scudamore admitted to BBC Radio 5 live.

"The clubs put on a show and that's what people are interested in buying."

The new deal means that all 20 Premier League clubs will be in the top 30 richest clubs in the world by revenue.  

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