NEW TV DEAL AGREED
Broadcasting giants Sky and the Football League have agreed a deal to televise 60 live league and cup games per season for the next four years.
Football League, Worthington Cup and LDV Vans Trophy games will be featured in the new package - worth £95million, which is a massive boost for Nationwide clubs following the collapse of ITV Digital.
BSkyB and the BBC yesterday beat a link-up between ITV and Channel 4 to win the digital television licences left by ITV Digital's demise.
And today's announcement of a four-year contract hands a financial lifeline to a number of lower league clubs and enables them to budget for future seasons.
The package includes:
Nationwide Football League - 60 matches exclusively live each season. Games will be shown from across the three divisions with 50 live matches each year from Division One.
Nationwide Football League play-offs - Up to nine live matches from the end-of-season promotion play-offs including all three play-off finals exclusively live.
Worthington Cup - Up to two live ties from each full round of the Football League's knockout competition plus semi-finals and the final, for the first major cup of the season, exclusively live.
Sky Sports will also cover the final of the LDV Vans Trophy live each season.
The new fixtures for live coverage are expected out shortly.
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