BSkyB buys Football League rights

$144 mil pact replaces ITV Digital deal

LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million).

The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital.

That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and is viewed as the key reason ITV Digital, which shuttered in April, became financially untenable.

The league is in the process of suing ITV Digital’s owners, Carlton Communications and Granada, for $271.6 million in damages. The case will come to court July 26.

Under the new agreement, BSkyB will air 60 league matches per year, beginning next month, to the 2005-6 season.

The satcaster already held the rights to the Premiere League, the top rung of English soccer.

More News

  • Harvey Weinstein and Benjamin BrafmanHarvey Weinstein

    Can Harvey Weinstein, the Poster Boy of #MeToo, Get a Fair Day in Court?

    LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million). The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital. That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and […]

  • Chuck Panama Dead: Longtime Industry Publicist

    Chuck Panama, Longtime Industry Publicist, Dies at 93

    LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million). The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital. That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and […]

  • Bruce Willis and Paul Bloch'A Good

    Remembering Paul Bloch: 'He Wasn't Just a Character, He Had Character' (Guest Column)

    LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million). The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital. That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and […]

  • PETA's 'Kitten Squad' is the Second

    PETA's 'Kitten Squad' is the Second Most Downloaded Free Game on Switch

    LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million). The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital. That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and […]

  • solo a star wars story

    How the Kasdans Settled the Biggest Debate in 'Star Wars' History With 'Solo'

    LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million). The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital. That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and […]

  • THE EXPANSE -- "Intransigence" Episode 309

    'The Expanse' Moves to Amazon for Season 4

    LONDON — Satcaster BSkyB has sealed a four-year TV rights deal with England’s Football League for £95 million ($144 million). The contract replaces the one the second tier of English professional soccer had with the now defunct paybox ITV Digital. That deal, struck in 2000, was worth a whopping $479 million over three years and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content