A mere £3bn is all is took to secure a deal to show live Premier League games. That's the same as around 150 Stewart Downings. From the 2013-2014 season, teams will be receiving about £14m more than they do now so Stoke can by more tall people.
The bad news is that the football games will be split between Sky and BT, with BT actually getting 38 live games and half of the good games. This is a pain in the arse because I already pay a fortune for Sky. I don't want to have to illegally stream games but it looks like I may have to. Sky has kept it's 116 lives games but won't have as many "first picks" so they will spend all their time trying to get us excited about watching games like Stoke Vs Aston Villa. For this privilege we will also have to pay more for monthly subscriptions.
So less of the good games and an increased subscription charge but at least we won't have to watch games on ESPN anymore, they made ITV look good. It's good to know that despite the economical world crashing down all around us, when it comes to football they can still charge us whatever it wants. Doesn't that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Either that or it will make your throw up your kidney.