Stat of the day: £1.78bn

The amount BSkyB and ESPN paid for the rights to broadcast English Premier League football.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that individuals are allowed to hunt for better deals for TV sports subscriptions than the ones currently offered by BSkyB.


 The commercial broadcaster teamed up with ESPN to buy the Premiership broadcasting rights for £1.78bn for a three-year deal starting in 2010, and owns nearly all the live rights to broadcast English Premier League football.


 The decision to allow foreign decoder cards came after pub landlady Karen Murphy won a European court battle to overturn a UK court ruling, which fined her £8,000 for using a Greek decoder to screen games in her Portsmouth pub. The verdict could mean a major rethink by the Premier League of its current exclusive agreements with Sky Sports and ESPN.
 

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