Football - SPL: BT deal positive for Scottish game

The Scottish Premier League has welcomed BT's acquisition of ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels business as safeguarding their broadcasting deal.

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SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster hopes Scottish football will have a 'solid financial bedrock'

From next season, BT Sport viewers will be able to watch the package of matches currently shown on ESPN.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: "We look forward to working closely with BT from the beginning of next season. The announcement is positive for the Scottish game.

"It means that top-flight football will continue to be broadcast by Sky Sports and now BT, providing a solid financial bedrock and the best possible platform to promote the game in Scotland."

ESPN announced a five-year agreement with the SPL in August last year, which gave them the right to screen 30 matches as well as 10 Rangers games in the Irn-Bru Third Division.

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