SPL extend TV deal


The Scottish Premier League have extended their broadcasting deal with Sky and ESPN until 2017.

Both broadcasters announced they had agreed a new five-year deal offering more money than their existing contract. The SPL secured a £13million annual commitment from the broadcasters when they signed the initial contract in 2009, with the new deal taking effect from the start of next season.

In a statement, SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: "Sky Sports and ESPN are two of the biggest names in sports broadcasting and the SPL has enjoyed an excellent relationship with both broadcasters over the course of the current contract, a period which has seen a 28% increase in viewing figures."

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