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PREMIER LEAGUE TELEVISION RIGHTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 801: tabled on 12 February 2015

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 8 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that broadcasters are paying more than £5 billion for the rights to televise Premier League games and that this amounts to more than £10 million a match, with further international sales still to come; points out that, while this demonstrates the strength of the league and its worldwide interest, it is important that the majority of this money does not end up in the pockets of highly-paid players and agents, as has happened in the past; further notes that the majority of the cash disbursed to the Championship is in so-called parachute payments to relegated clubs and that in the past just four per cent has gone to grassroots development; and calls on the Premier League to cut ticket prices for spectators, the lifeblood of the game, and to make substantial investment in the lower leagues and in nourishing and developing the game at grassroots.