Premier League seal new rollover of their £4.5BILLION broadcasting deal

The Premier League's 20 clubs have approved the £4.5billion contract extension with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime.

And as reported by Sportsmail, the Premier League have agreed to pay an extra £100million to lower division and grassroots clubs in order to secure Government backing for a new three-year domestic television deal.

That decision came after being told that the price of avoiding a competitive tender would be increased funding for the rest of the sport.

The extra £100m will be paid on top of the £124m the Premier League already contribute on so-called solidarity payments and will got to the EFL, non-League, women's football and grassroots.

The top-up funding, which will be spread over the three years of the new TV contract running from 2022 to 2025, represents a victory for EFL chairman Rick Parry.

Parry has been lobbying the Government to increase pressure on the Premier League to provide further help to the lower divisions since the start of the pandemic.

As with the existing arrangements, Sky will have the rights to 128 matches a season, four of the seven packages, while BT Sport have 52 matches in two packages, and Amazon have one package of 20 matches.

In addition, BBC has the main highlights package to continue with Match of the Day.

Marc Allera, CEO Consumer at BT Sport, said: 'Throughout this difficult year the Premier League and broadcasters have all worked together to find pro-active solutions to ensure the Premier League, and the lower leagues, have a safe and secure way out of the pandemic.

'This in principle renewal of our broadcast rights is great for our viewers, but also helps to provide vital support for the broader football community that relies on the Premier League.'

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