Irish FA agrees new five-year broadcast deal with BBC Sport NI

05 Oct 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The BBC has agreed a new five-year rights deal with the Irish FA for live television and streaming coverage of club competitions.

Football fans in Northern Ireland will be able to enjoy 30 BBC Sport NI live streamed matches and eight live TV games each season as part of a new five-year deal.

The new agreement will also see BBC Sport NI continuing to broadcast the Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Final live. A tie from every round of the competition from Round 1 on (January) will be live streamed with matches available on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport NI website.

With fans largely absent from grounds during the Covid-19 pandemic, BBC Sport NI live streamed NIFL Premiership matches for the first time.

Last season there were over one million requests for BBC NI’s live streaming and highlights coverage of the NIFL Premiership on BBC iPlayer. In addition, there were more than 1.5 million page views of live NIFL Premiership content on the BBC Sport NI website.

Neil Brittain, Executive Editor BBC Sport NI, said: “The NIFL Premiership continues to go from strength to strength and we are proud to be a broadcast partner of the league.”

Record numbers of people came to the BBC to watch matches last year and it is great to have this new contract in place so that we can continue to offer comprehensive coverage for the next five seasons across BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport NI

The first live-streamed game of the 2021/22 season will feature Glentoran v Coleraine on Saturday 16 October 2021.