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UEFA deal 'great news' says SFA chief

The Scottish Football Association has agreed a deal with UEFA for its international television rights from 2014 which chief executive Stewart Regan has hailed as ‘great news in the current climate’.

The figure, which has yet to be disclosed but is thought to be around £50m, comes as the European governing body negotiates with all of its 53 member nations to centralise TV rights which it claims will benefit smaller nations.  The deal will cover the 2016 European Championships and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

If the £50m figure is correct, it represents an increase of around £4m for the SFA on its current deal with IGM.

"It is great news in the current financial climate and while a lot of work has gone into the negotiations, there is still a lot still to be done.  What we have agreed is a mandate and despite the big round headline figures in the media this morning, we are not in a position to discuss the terms of the mandate," Regan told the SFA’s official site.

"Suffice to say, if the deal is activated in 2014 as expected it will give us flexibility to continue to provide services to all our stakeholders," he added.

The English FA is reported to have also agreed terms with UEFA in a deal thought to be worth around £100m over the four year period.  


Scott Hobro

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