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ECB closing in on new ten-year deal with Sky Sports

The England and Wales Cricket Board is in “advanced negotiations” for a bumper broadcast deal that means the bulk of international and domestic cricket will remain on Sky Sports until at least 2034. ECB CEO Tom Harrison is expected to leave the governing body within the next few months and is understood to be “keen” to seal a ten-year deal with Sky Sports, which will begin when the present deal runs out in 2024. The present deal, which was signed in ’17 and is worth about £220M ($288.2M) a year, is the ECB’s largest source of revenue. It is not expected that the negotiations will lead to any significant increase to that amount but it will be a significant result for the ECB if they can secure a long-term ten year deal.

Meanwhile, head of the ECB’s cricket committee Andrew Strauss has emerged as the frontrunner to be the next chairman of the ECB and “could be confirmed as the nominee within the next two weeks”. Sports Business Journal

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