Man Utd, Leicester To Open New Premier League Season

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

The game was confirmed to kick off 24 hours ahead of initial schedule, when United Kingdom television broadcast rights holders Sky Sports and BT Sport, revealed their selections for the first two months of the campaign.

The deal will commence at the beginning of the 2019-20 season and run until 2022 and means Facebook will livestream all 380 Premier League matches in those countries. Amazon's UK Prime Video subscribers will be able to watch 10 Premier League matches over one bank holiday and another 10 during one midweek round of matches.

Premier League clubs reportedly regret having voted to end the transfer window early in a World Cup year. Facebook has been serious about bringing sports streams to its platform and it has even hired Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton for the goal.

The company, which made its intentions clear with a US$600 million bid for Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket past year, recently hired Eurosport chief executive Peter Hutton to head up its global live sports programming division, with a brief to increase the platform's sports offering.

It's second time lucky for the social media giant's foray into live streaming sport.

Last month Amazon secured the rights to show Premier League matches for the first time in further evidence of their financial might in the bidding wars for sports events.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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