Thursday, October 05, 2017

Premier League clubs unable to agree on fees as Facebook weighs up broadcast bid.

Premier League clubs were unable to come to a resolution over how overseas television money is distributed following Wednesday's meeting, while Facebook could be in line as the next official broadcaster of the English top-flight's matches.

All 20 teams met in London midweek to discuss TV rights, with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham reportedly determined to receive a greater share of income.

A new deal would see a percentage of the global revenue divided based on league position but no vote was taken due to a lack of support.

Meanwhile, Facebook's head of sports Dan Reed refused to rule out a bid for the Premier League broadcast rights.

The Premier League's next deals are set to be auctioned next year and the social media giant could challenge the likes of Sky Sports and BT for the next three-year set of domestic and international rights.

Reed said: "The Premier League is a very important partner of ours and we work with them very closely."

By Emmanuel Ndibe

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