Friday night games on TV as Premier League hits £8bn jackpot
The Premier League has announced a staggering 70pc increase in the value of its British television rights for the 2016-19 seasons, with Sky and BT Sports paying a combined £5.136bn to show games.
The new deals will see even more money flood in to the top flight, with the broadcasters paying more than £10m to screen each game.
The Premier League's total television deal could exceed £8bn when the overseas rights are completed in a year's time, leaving the global game in its wake.
Sky has almost doubled its investment to retain five of the seven packages totalling 126 matches including the new Friday night slot, while BT Sport has two packages making up 42 games.
The Premier League will now net £113,000 a minute from their domestic television rights.
"Am I surprised? Of course: the little old Premier League, doing quite well here," said Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. "I continue to be surprised by every television deal really, in some ways."
Sky will pay £4.176bn for the lion's share of the rights including the Sunday evening 'jewel in the crown' package, while BT Sport will pay £960m. BT Sport will have the Saturday evening package, however, instead of the Saturday lunchtime slot.
Scudamore added: "This outcome provides a degree of certainty so clubs can continue to invest in themselves ."