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BT Sport 'signs £300k Football Conference broadcasting deal'

Thursday, May 23rd 2013 by Nigel Adie
BT Sport 'to screen up to 30 Football Conference matches in 2013-14'

Up to 30 live Football Conference games could be screened by BT Sport next season.

BT has agreed a six-figure deal with the Football Conference to showcase the top flight of non-league football on its soon-to-launch sports channels.

According to the Non-League Paper, a £300,000 agreement has been reached between the two parties, under which the telecoms giant will broadcast games live on BT Sport and also stream them online.

The contract permits BT to screen between 25 and 30 live games during the 2013-14 season, but this number - and the value of the deal - could be increased from 2014-15 onwards.

By teaming up with BT Sport, the Conference has ended a three-year relationship with Premier Sports, which has paid £6,000 for each live fixture it showed since 2010.

Conference Chairman Brian Lee hailed the agreement as "the news the league wanted".

He claimed it could lead to a significant upturn in the competition's viewing figures, with potential audiences set to rise from around 6,500 to almost 6.5 million.

"This will allow us further opportunities in the future which we are excited about," Mr Lee added. 

"There could be more games to come the season after and if it's a success there is the chance for an improved agreement further down the line."

Comments (2)

Darryl
26th July 2013

Easy, they only have the lunchtime kick offs in the Premier League so will have plenty space, I'd guess Saturday teatime kick off's?

MR Chris Penfold-Ivany
23rd May 2013

How will BT fit in the air time.

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