Premier League UK media rights talks expected to be slowed up by Covid

5 February 2021

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Photo: PA Images A deal between the Premier League and broadcasters like Sky Sports for the next round of UK media rights is likely to be held up because of concerns over the impact from the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured is Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers being interview by Sky Sports prior to a match in January 2021.

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Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

A deal between the Premier League and broadcasters for the next round of UK media rights is likely to be held up because of concerns over the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

According to senior sources at Premier League clubs, rights for the 2022-2025 period are likely to take longer to conclude than previous auctions. “Because of Covid, it's going to be pushed back past March,” says a senior source at a Premier League club.

“The calendar needs to get set for the next cycle,” says a senior leader of another Premier League club.

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