SPL secures new five-year TV deal with Sky and ESPN
The Scottish Premier League has announced a new five-year contract extension with Sky Sports and ESPN for the live rights to matches.
Each broadcaster will continue to show 30 live games per season across the United Kingdom.
The new agreement will run from season 2012/13 and BBC Scotland has learned it will net top-flight clubs around £80m.
The SPL did not reveal details, saying only that the deal improves on the £65m five-year deal agreed in 2009.
The league's 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.
"In the current economic climate, announcing an increase in value is excellent news for our clubs."
Sky and ESPN stepped in to provide live SPL coverage when Setanta went out of business in the middle of their more lucrative rights deal.
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