The future of Match of the Day is assured. The popular British football talk show, which provides summaries of English Premier League matches, will remain on the BBC until at least 2029. Host Gary Lineker has also signed a lucrative new contract and will earn more than one and a half million euros a year. The English Premier League announced yesterday that it has sold domestic television rights for the period 2025-2029 for a record sum of 6.7 billion pounds (7.81 billion euros) to Sky Sports and TNT Sports.
Match of the Day continues. The Premier League rights holders have signed a new four-year contract with BBC Sport, which will see the program continue to broadcast highlights of the Premier League’s 380 matches per season. The future of Match of the Day looked doubtful for some time, with the contract set to expire in 2025.
Gary Lineker, the popular presenter, is about to sign a lucrative new contract with the BBC. According to British media, Lineker receives 1.35 million pounds sterling annually. It was converted into more than one and a half million euros. The former footballer makes some sacrifices with this. In 2020, he was still earning £1.75 million a year. With his new contract, Lineker remains the highest paid broadcaster at the BBC. A few months ago, he was suspended after a tweet on X criticized the British government’s language regarding asylum policy.
Sky Sports is the big winner of the new TV contract and will bring at least 215 Premier League matches per season into British living rooms.
According to the Premier League, this is the largest sports rights media deal ever in the UK. The contract is valid from the 2025-2026 season until the end of the 2028-2029 season. The current contract (until 2025) will generate €5.8 billion over three years.
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