FAI sign new Sky television deal
Football Association of Ireland renews relationship with Sky Sports for a further four years
15th Jun 2010
The Football Association of Ireland today (June 15) announced that it has renewed its long standing relationship with Sky Sports which began in 2000, for a further four years until 2014.
As in the past, the relationship will see all Republic of Ireland home friendly games broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports and all home qualifiers broadcast on a simultaneous basis with the state broadcaster, RTE.
With the agreement, Sky will also show a number of home Under 21 international games which have proven very popular to a TV audience.
Welcoming the announcement, FAI CEO, John Delaney said;
"Sky Sports have been excellent partners for Irish football and I am very happy to renew the relationship with them for a further four years. This partnership gives the FAI another important platform on which to promote our sport as well as providing important funding to develop football at all levels throughout the country."
Mark Deering, Director, Sky Ireland, added
"The renewal of the agreement with the FAI ensures that Sky will continue to provide top quality coverage of the Irish team's matches increasing the breadth and choice available to Irish viewers".
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports said:
"We are delighted to continue our successful partnership with the FAI which began in 2000. It confirms Sky Sports' commitment to Irish soccer ensuring that all Irish home internationals are available to our viewers across Ireland and the UK for the next 4 years. In addition, Sky Sports will show each of the home nations live in the opening week of the Euro 2012 qualifying tournament and over 30 live qualifiers throughout the campaign. It's great news for our viewers across Ireland and the UK and comes at the start of our strongest ever season for live football with 115 live matches from the Barclays Premier League - more than ever before, all in HD."