BT Sport has signed a deal with The Football Conference to broadcast 30 live matches per season.
The two-year deal will see BT Sport host live coverage from the grounds for 25 league matches, plus both legs of the promotion play-off semi-finals and the final at Wembley, from the start of the 2013/14 season in August.
“We are delighted that we’ve been able to invest in the Non-League game and play our part in helping community clubs to flourish,” said Simon Green, head of BT Sport.
“We are not just interested in the glamour of the Premier League; we’d like to bring the excitement and grit of the Conference Premier to a new audience, as well as its existing strong fan base.
“There are some terrific clubs in the Conference Premier and some fantastic stories and characters, which we aim to develop in our coverage.”
BT Sport will also show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays Premier League, including 18 of the ‘top picks’ from August 2013 for three seasons.
The channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN – will also show live FA Cup, Europa League and Scottish Premier League matches, as well as top tier live football from Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Australia and the USA, plus action from the FA Women’s Super League.
Brian Lee, chairman of The Football Conference, said: “We welcome the opportunity to be joining the revolutionary BT Sport, which we are sure will be a ‘game changer’ for ourselves and BT Sport. We feel that the prospect of showcasing our wonderful brand of live football to a potentially mind-blowing number of viewers can only enhance our product.
“We hope sponsors of clubs and competition alike recognise the huge step that we are now undertaking. We sincerely hope this is the start of a long and fruitful partnership for both parties.”
Blackburn host Newcastle in a FA Cup third round replay at Ewood Park this evening. Matt Ritchie’s late penalty spared the Premier League side’s blushes when the two met in Newcastle ten days ago. Blackburn have won just two of their 12 FA Cup matches…
League Two side Tranmere Rovers host Tottenham at Prenton Park in the Emirates FA Cup third round this evening. This is the first meeting between Tranmere and Tottenham in any competition since 2001-02 – Tottenham won 4-0 at Prenton Park in the League Cup third…
The draw for the round of 32 of UEFA Europa League 2018/19 will take place this afternoon. British trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic find out who they will face in the knockout stage. Who’s in the draw? Seeded teams Arsenal (ENG) Bayer Leverkusen (GER) Benfica…