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TV deals give Scots football global audience

SPFL logoScottish league football is being screened in more than 100 international countries for the first time, thanks to new international broadcast deals.

This season’s Ladbrokes Premiership action is now being shown in 102 territories – up from 61 during the previous campaign.

New contracts which began this season include Fox Sports broadcasting to Latin America, two deals in Japan with Perform Media & Sky Perfect TV, while LeTV has increased reach in China, the single biggest international broadcast contract.

Coverage across Europe has risen from 13 to 18 countries in 2015/16, with Hungary and Romania via DigiSport being additions and French SPFL coverage now led by Canal+. In the Middle East and North Africa BeinSport has increased the number of SPFL games shown.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “While in Scotland we constantly and rightly scrutinise our national sport and consider ways to further improve it, there is an under-appreciation of just how highly respected and liked Scottish football is by fans, other clubs and football authorities in all corners of the globe.

“This increased international exposure helps open up all manner of possibilities for our clubs from marketing and developing new commercial partnerships to opportunities to sell into what can often be a lucrative transfer market.

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“The SPFL and its commercial team will continue to work closely with our broadcast partners to further expand awareness and coverage of our game for the benefit of supporters and clubs alike.”

In season 2015/16 Ladbrokes Premiership matches are being shown in 102 countries. Scottish League Cup games – presented by Utilita – are broadcast in 29 nations, and the Petrofac Training Cup in 12.

Domestically, the SPFL recently agreed extensions to existing contracts with Sky Sports and BT Sport which will see both channels show live Scottish league football across the UK until and including season 2019/20.

MP & Silva, a leading international media rights company and SPL’s overseas broadcast partner since 2013, has been instrumental in helping to grow the league’s international audience.

Marco Auletta, the firm’s chief executive, said: “Bringing the best of football to fans across the world is in the DNA of MP & Silva, and we are extremely proud of the increased visibility for the SPFL internationally.  The partnership has gone from strength to strength and we are looking to increase the popularity of Scottish league football even more.”

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