Talksport has extended its partnership with the Premier League for a further three years, continuing the global audio rights deal until the end of the 2022 season. The previous agreement was due to expire at the end of the 2018/19 season.
Under the new terms of agreement, the extension allows the News Corp-owned station to provide live and on-demand coverage outside of the UK and Ireland for all 380 Premier League matches. The sports radio station currently licenses its Premier League coverage to partners in 68 different territories worldwide, with commentary in multiple languages.
Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore, who will stand down by the end of 2018, said: “These rights are an important part of the Premier League’s efforts to make the competition available to international fans.
“Talksport produces compelling live match commentary that reaches listeners across the world and we are very pleased that will continue for a further three seasons.”
Scott Taunton, chief executive of network operator Wireless Group, added: “[This] news confirms that our international audience will be able to enjoy Talksport’s unmissable coverage for an additional three seasons, creating exciting commercial opportunities for our broadcast, streaming and brand partners.”
The latest agreement expands Talksport’s portfolio of live rights, which recently saw cricket added to the roster, after securing England’s tours of Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The tours will be the first time that BBC Five Live’s Test Match Special has not broadcast from an England Test since 2005.