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BT Sport set to rival Sky Sports for Football League TV rights

Date Posted,June 7, 2017

BT Sport could be ready to enter the bidding for Football League TV rights with Sky Sports’ deal set to expire in two years.

The EFL decided at its summer conference not to take up an automatic one year extension with Sky who have two years left on their current TV deal.

It means it will go out to tender next month with BT likely to rival Sky having already gone head-to-head in the Premier League and the EFL believing they can get a bigger deal.

The EFL extended their deal with Sky Sports in 2015, which enabled the broadcaster to show 148 live matches per season.

Reading suffered the heartache of missing out on promotion to the Premier League (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Wayne Rooney gets champagne in his eyes as he celebrates winning with Antonio Valencia and his team mates
Manchester United won the EFL Cup this season (Photo: AMA/Getty)

BT Sport will now look to add the Sky Bet Football League, Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to their portfolio of sport.

It could provide another blow to Sky after BT extended their rights for the Champions League until 2021 this year in a £1.2bn deal.

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