Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Premier League boss Richard Scudamore to quit after big six money row

Premier League boss Richard Scudamore to quit after big six money row

Amazon's Prime Video service has bought the rights for two entire rounds of fixtures live each season in Britain in a three-year deal from 2019, representing 20 games each season.

Amazon will livestream the matches on its Prime Video service, which also includes U.S. Open tennis, ATP World Tour Tennis events and National Football League games, at no extra cost to existing members.

Scudamore is credited as one of the people responsible for turning the Premier League into the global powerhouse it is today.

"Whilst the Premier League is the clear market leader, we expect to see continued growth and interest across Europe's leagues in the years to come", said Tim Bridge, director in the Sports Business Group.

BT also announced it had picked up the remaining package of 20 matches on Thursday.

Now all the revenue from worldwide deals is shared equally among the 20 clubs but the bigger clubs had been pushing for a greater share of the money, arguing they are the main attraction for foreign viewers.

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The Mancunian club was determined throughout the 2017-18 season to tie him down by offering a new contract, but the player rejected the same on two occasions.

The Premier League's "big six" clubs have won their fight to take a bigger share of the top tier's booming worldwide broadcasting revenue, the league has announced.

They needed 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs to vote in their favour of a TV share based largely on league position.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who is also the chairman of the Premier League audit and remuneration committee claimed the recruitment process of Scudamore's successor was already underway and also paid a touching tribute to him.

"Back then the clubs put in place a revenue sharing system that was right for the time and has served the league well, enabling them to invest and improve in all areas", he said.

The domestic TV cash has always been distributed on a meritocratic basis, depending on where clubs finish in the league but proceeds from foreign broadcasters have been shared equally since 1992, as nobody predicted the sums involved would become so significant.

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