14 Jun '12, 11pm

Record EPL television rights bid may kick up costs here

Record EPL television rights bid may kick up costs here

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, left, vies for the ball with Sunderland's James McClean during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, May 13, 2012. -- PHOTO: AP By May Chen The record fee received by the English Premier League (EPL) for television rights in Britain could affect the pockets of Singapore football fans. British Telecoms and BSkyB on Wednesday paid a whopping &pound3 billion (S$6 billion) for the rights to telecast EPL matches in Britain for three years from the 2013-2014 season. This is a 71 per cent increase over the current &pound1.76 billion deal. Media analysts told The Straits Times that the deal could see fees in other markets rise by as much as 30 per cent. Said Mr Tom Cannon, a British-based football finance expert: 'The increase may not be as big, but I would be amazed if the price of oversea...

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