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BT Sport ‘drops Premiership Rugby rebate’ in pursuit of new deal

Guy Porter of Leicester Tigers runs with the ball during the Premiership Rugby match against Exeter Chiefs on December 5, 2020 (by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport is reportedly closing in on an extension to its rights deal with Premiership Rugby after electing not to pursue a compensation claim for disruption to the rugby union calendar caused by Covid-19.

Premiership Rugby is in the final season of a six-season contract with BT, which is worth £40m (€44.5m/$54.4m) in its final season and an average of £35m per season across the term. The organising body was said to have rejected a “final offer” from BT for a new four-season contract earlier this month, but The Times said the broadcaster has since returned to the table with a three-season offer worth £37m per season.

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