Premier League

The competition was founded as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The deal was worth around £1 billion a year domestically as of 2013–14, with Sky and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 116 and 38 games respectively. The league is a corporation in which the member clubs act as shareholders, and generates €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights.Clubs were apportioned central payment revenues of £2.4 billion in 2016–17, with a further £343 million in solidarity payments to English Football League (EFL) clubs.

Biggest question for every Premier League club going into new season

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No rest for the weary. Even though it feels like the prolonged 2019-20 season just ended a couple of days ago, the new Premier League campaign gets up and running this weekend. Below, we examine the most pressing question...

7 Premier League newcomers you should be most excited about

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The forecasts for a significantly calmer summer transfer window were overblown, as plenty of expensive and exciting players are set to take the Premier League by storm.Chelsea have spent around £200 million and their offseason splurge might not be...

Premier League chief: Fans must return 'as quickly as possible'

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters wants fans to quickly return to stadiums, with clubs participating in the 2020-21 season risking a £700-million loss.Supporters are currently not allowed into top-flight matches until October, BBC Sport's Dan Roan understands. However,...

Winners and losers from Messi's uncomfortable compromise with Barca

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Ten days after Lionel Messi's astonishing request to leave Barcelona on a free transfer, and we're back to where we started: Messi is still a Barcelona player.But it wouldn't be a debacle without wounding egos and damaging reputations, or...

Why Messi will have a hard time leaving Barcelona for free

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Lionel Messi's demand to leave Barcelona on a free transfer reverberated across the globe.Soon, Neymar was reportedly on the phone with Messi, trying to pitch a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Some Inter Milan and Juventus supporters harbor hopes that...

Where will Messi end up if he actually leaves Barcelona this summer?

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Announce Messi.The 33-year-old has apparently had enough of Barcelona's circus act, reportedly telling the club he wants out. If the Argentine gets his way and the board waives the €700-million release clause in his contract, clubs will have the...

Maguire released from police custody, court hearing set for Tuesday

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was released from police custody on Saturday after pleading not guilty to charges relating to a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos, according to Reuters' Michele Kambas and Martyn Herman.Under Greek law, Maguire...

Transfer Gossip: Barcelona's exodus, Bale linked with Spurs return

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Nothing can dampen the never-ending nature of transfer talk. Here's a look at the wildest rumors that made the rounds this week.Koeman to replace Suarez with Depay?Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims only Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Clement...

How Bayern captured European title – and what PSG can learn from defeat

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Old money won out.Bayern Munich, one of Europe's established heavyweights, showed Paris Saint-Germain, the continent's super-rich startups, the mettle and class required to win the Champions League on Sunday.Though Bayern's victory was narrow, a 1-0 win in Lisbon, it...

4 things we learned in the Premier League this weekend

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The Premier League title may already be decided, but there's plenty of drama elsewhere in the table. Below, we examine the biggest takeaways from this weekend's slate of matches.Leicester, Chelsea get back on trackRegardless of what happens with Manchester...

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Messi and De Jong won’t travel to Ukraine with Barcelona

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The Barcelona team has published the list of invited players who will travel to Ukraine, for the Champions League match against Dinamo. The names of...

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