Spark en­ters foot­ball race

The Southland Times - - Business -

Sky Tele­vi­sion is play­ing down the ef­fects of Spark po­ten­tially snap­ping up rights to English Premier League broad­casts. It is un­der­stood Spark is in the run­ning to se­cure the lo­cal rights to show EPL matches from the sea­son be­gin­ning in Au­gust 2019. How­ever, Spark is not com­ment­ing and in­dus­try sources said it might be too soon for any deal to be in the bag. Rights to EPL matches are cur­rently held by Qatar-based Bein Sports, a spin-off of Al Jazeera. Sky has an ar­range­ment to of­fer Bein’s ser­vice on two Sky channels as a spe­cial add-on, cost­ing $16.10 a month.

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