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Premiership: Premier League secures record £5 billion TV rights deal

The Premier League has announced a 70% increase in the value of its British television rights for the 2016-19 seasons with Sky and BT paying a combined £5.136 billion to show games.

The new deals will see even more money flood in to the top flight, with the broadcasters paying more than £10 million to screen each game.

It leaves the rest of club football across the world far behind in terms of domestic television income compared to the Premier League – which also still has the lucrative overseas deals to negotiate.

Sky has held on to five of the seven packages totalling 126 matches including the new Friday night slot for 10 games, while BT has two packages making up 42 matches.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: “Premier League clubs deliver competitive and compelling football to fans in stadiums and on television, driving interest levels to new heights.

“Last season saw record levels of attendance with the highest top-flight crowds since 1949-50, as well as increased viewing figures across all our UK rights holders.

“Both Sky Sports and BT Sport have done a tremendous job in bringing the game to the fans as well as providing the revenue that allows clubs to invest in football, facilities, youth development and their communities.

“It is an endorsement of what the Barclays Premier League delivers that these broadcast partnerships have been extended and enhanced today. We are grateful for the continued belief that Sky Sports and BT Sport have in the Premier League and our clubs, both as a sporting competition and organisations to work with.”

Sky will pay £4.176 billion for the lion’s share of the rights, while BT will pay £960m. BT will have the Saturday evening package, however, instead of the Saturday lunchtime slot.

Scudamore said the Premier League was confident the rights sale would not be de-railed by Virgin Media’s ongoing complaint with the broadcast regulator Ofcom.

He said: “Although we have had a successful outcome for this process, following on from the highlights’ award, there is still the ongoing Ofcom investigation to be concluded. We remain confident that the Premier League’s live UK broadcasting rights are sold in a way that is compatible with both UK and EU competition law as well as being of great benefit to the whole of English football.”

He added: “This outcome provides a degree of certainty so clubs can continue to invest and run themselves in a sustainable manner; it also allows us to start planning how the Premier League can continue to support the rest of the football pyramid from the grassroots upwards.

“This structure also allows us to strike a balance between match-attending fans and those who choose to watch on television. Keeping grounds full is a priority for the Premier League and our clubs, and I am sure the flexible ticketing policies that have helped keep attendances so high will continue to develop.”

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MotoGP: Win double for the Marquez family at MotoGP season finale

Marc Marquez claims record-breaking MotoGP win, while brother Alex seals the Moto3 world title in Valencia.

It was a special day for the Marquez family as brothers Marc and Alex both finished the day with plenty to celebrate after a memorable day at the Grand Prix of Valencia.

Big brother Marc had already claimed the MotoGP world title earlier in the season, and he rounded out the season by claiming his 13th MotoGP victory of the campaign, pulling clear of Valentino Rossi in the latter stages of the race to break MotoGP legend Mick Doohan’s record for the most race wins in a season.

Rossi took second place in the race to secure second in the MotoGP championship standings, with Marquez’s Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa taking third.

In Moto3, Marc’s little brother Alex Marquez clinched the world championship after a dramatic final race of the season.

Marquez’s nearest rival, Australian Jack Miller, did everything he could to pip the Spanish racer to the title, winning the race after overhauling Isaac Vinales in the closing stages.

But Marquez needed a third-place finish to secure the world title, regardless of Miller’s performance, and the Honda rider did just that, holding off a late charge from Britain’s Danny Kent to claim the world title.

The Moto2 race saw drama early on as the two riders battling for second place in the championship collided.

Maverick Vinales went into a left hander far too hot, and crashed into the back of Mika Kallio, taking the pair of them out of the race.

The crash didn’t do Vinales any favours, however, with both riders’ DNFs securing second place in the championship for Kallio.

Up front, world champion Tito Rabat looked set for victory after holding off Thomas Luthi, but lost power coming out of the final corner, allowing the Swiss rider to steal the victory with just yards to go.

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MotoGP: Marc Marquez seals second world title

Marc Marquez secured back-to-back MotoGP world titles in Motegi thanks to a hard-earned second place in the Japanese Grand Prix.

The race was won by Jorge Lorenzo, who battled past his team-mate Valentino Rossi to take the lead, and was never headed from that moment on as he sailed to a dominant victory.

But despite the Yamaha team riders finishing first and third, it was Marquez who took centre stage, celebrating with a special Samurai ceremony on his warm-down lap.

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MotoGP: Pedrosa victory ends Marquez winning streak

In the Brno MotoGP race Dani Pedrosa won for the first time since Malaysia last year.

He ended the winning streak of Marc Marquez, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi second and third, whilst Marquez came home just off the podium.

From fifth on the grid Pedrosa returned to his best form to blast through the pack and eventually take victory by 0.410s from Lorenzo in front of more than 138,000 fans. For Lorenzo it was his third successive podium result and he also produced a great ride, having started in sixth on the grid.

Rossi got his seventh rostrum result of 2014 in his 245th premier class race as he equaled the all time appearance record in the top class, pulling level with Alex Barros on that front.

With Marquez finishing fourth it is the first time this year that he did not win the race and this is the first time he has finished a MotoGPâ„¢ race off the podium. Marquez is of course still in a commanding position in the standings with a 77 point lead.

Marquez lost out in a midrace battle for third with Rossi, having earlier had a close fight with Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) in the opening laps – with the two former Moto2™ rivals clashing on two occasions.

Iannone would later get the better of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) for fifth in the final stages.

The top ten was completed by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini).

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MotoGP: Indianapolis: runners and riders

The second half of the season starts at a slightly revamped Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Unfortunately for the rest of the field, the three sets of modifications are unlikely to make the track any less Honda friendly. At 95mph, the lap record is the slowest on the calendar and nothing puts the power down out of a slow corner like a Honda.

Both the factory Honda riders have won here, so there will be interest in the satellite team riders. Stefan Bradl knows he’ll be on a Forward Yamaha next year but Alvaro Bautista is riding for a job.

The same could be said of Bradley Smith who had a horrible end to the first half of the year with a startling five crashes in Germany.

In the absence of Nicky Hayden, recovering from an operation on his wrist, his replacement Leon Camier is also riding for a job. He has Indy and the Czech Republic to make himself indispensable.

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