There has been a summer of unrest with the troubles of Rangers FC, however Sky Sports have committed to continuing their coverage, quashing rumours they may pull out after Rangers liquidation and their new company starting life in Division 3.
Last year Sky and ESPN each showed 30 games apiece in the SPL. This time round Sky will show 25 games from the SPL with 5 Rangers games in the third division to be shown.
Sky Sports first SPL game starts this Saturday lunchtime with Celtic v Aberdeen with a 12.45pm kickoff. Rangers’ first game in division 3 will be on August 11th, away to Peterhead, which again will be on Sky with a 12.45pm kick off.
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: “We’ve supported Scottish football since we started over 20 years ago, and have always wanted to continue that commitment.
“Our viewers will see the SPL for five more years and our schedule includes the opening league match for Celtic. We will also follow Rangers as they plot their way back to Scottish football’s top flight.
“Clubs now have certainty over their income and exposure across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to the new season.”
The deal is worth around 13 million a season, a fall from 16 million in the previous contract. We don’t know yet of what ESPN are doing, It is believed they will show 10 Rangers games, alongside 20-25 SPL matches.