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Rangers and Celtic eye soccer rights

July 15, 2009

Rangers and Celtic football clubs are in talks to acquire the live UK rights to air Scottish Premier League football. The collapse of previous SPL UK rights holder Setanta means the rights are effectively back on the market

Speculation has been rife that the SPL has been conducting talks with Sky and ESPN over a new rights deal worth a reported £65m (E75m). Rangers FC said, however, that it is looking to buy the rights – a move which could precede the launch of a new TV channel backed by the clubs – because the terms on offer from Sky and ESPN are “so low”.

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