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SPL live on Sky and Rangers

BSkyB have announced a new five-year broadcast deal for the Scottish Premier League (SPL) plus some of the Rangers games.

Rangers were kicked out of the SPL after the club was liquidated raising questions on the attractiveness of the Scottish top flight to broadcasters. 

The five-year deals with Sky and ESPN for the seasons 2012-13 to 2016-17 is worth £80 million. 

Sky will show live coverage of 30 SPL matches per season, plus highlights programming. 

The deal will also include five live Rangers matches from the Scottish Division Three starting with the opening game away to Peterhead on August 11.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports commenting on the deal said: 

“We've supported Scottish football since we started over 20 years ago, and have always wanted to continue that commitment. Our viewers will  see the SPL for five more years and our schedule includes the opening league match for Celtic. We will also follow Rangers as they plot their way back to Scottish football's top flight. Clubs now have certainty over their income and exposure across the UK and Ireland and we look forward to the new season.”

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