The English Premier League yesterday sealed a record-breaking new TV deal, with Sky and BT Sport agreeing to pay an eye-watering £5.136 billion ($7.83 billion) for live Premier League rights for three seasons, starting in 2016/17. At first glance this might appear to be great news (after all, it is a 70% increase on the current deal), but it also generates a lot of talking points about subjects such as scheduling of games, ticket prices, grassroots football, the England national team and financial fair play (FFP).

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