Sky and BT Sport have paid a record £5.136bn for live Premier League TV rights for three seasons from 2016-17, BBC reports. The figure represents a 70% increase on Sky and BT’s current £3bn deal. It is unclear whether the increase will affect ticket prices, although Sky pundits and former England internationals Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville said the matter was an issue. The Premier League said it plans to invest £56m in grassroots projects, including 50 artificial pitches. Under the new contract, 168 games will be shown live, at an average cost of £10.2m per match. Sky paid £4.176bn for 126 matches per season, including the first Friday evening games and both Sunday packages. BT paid £960m for 42 games per season, four more than its present deal.
Germany international Marco Reus has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2019. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to several clubs, including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Arsenal. “We never let ourselves be influenced by all the rumours,” said Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. “We always saw a good chance that this exceptional player could consciously decide in favour of Dortmund.” Reus joined Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 and had two more years to run on his previous deal. He has signed with Dortmund third-from-bottom of the Bundesliga following a win over Freiburg last Saturday in which he opened the scoring. “I am very happy with my decision for Borussia Dortmund,” said Reus. “Dortmund is my hometown and Borussia is simply my club. “I look forward to a successful future with our team and our fantastic fans behind us. “There is plenty to do and I want to really get stuck in.” Rues missed the 2014 world cup which Germany won due to injury.
FIFA’s electoral committee has approved Sepp Blatter and his three rivals for the world governing body’s presidential elections on 29 May. A FIFA statement said all four had passed “integrity checks” and were eligible to stand for the presidency. Dutch federation president Michael van Praag and Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein are standing against Blatter and ex-Portugal winger Luis Figo. Blatter, 78, has held the post since 1998 and is seeking a fifth term.
Liverpool will wear a special one-off kit for tonight’s game against Tottenham in support of the Seeing is Believing charity, BBC reports. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Merseyside club will join forces with their main sponsor by trading their usual logo with that of the charity in order to generate support and funds for Seeing is Believing. Five of the Liverpool jerseys will be signed by players and put onto a week-long eBay auction to help raise money for the charity, with all donations being matched by main sponsor Standard Chartered
Super Eagles and Stoke City forward Victor Moses, has welcomed the arrival of his second child with his girlfriend. They named the new child Nyah. The couple had their first daughter named Bentley in 2012.