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Last Updated: Thursday July 16 2009 14:08 GMT

Scottish clubs agree new TV deal

Rangers take on Celtic

Scottish Premier League football clubs have been given a boost after agreeing a new deal to show their matches on TV.

The SPL used to be broadcast on the Setanta TV station, but that channel ran out of money and closed down.

That left the clubs without a station to show their games, and perhaps more importantly, without millions of pounds they'd been promised by Setanta.

Now a deal has been agreed with Sky and the channel ESPN. The SPL will be paid £65m until the end of the 2014 season.

In return Sky and ESPN will show 60 live matches a season, for each of the next five seasons.

Setanta Sports microphone
Setanta ran out of money and lost its football rights

However the SPL can choose to end the deal after three seasons if it isn't happy with it.

Sky will show 30 matches each season and ESPN will broadcast the remaining 30.

ESPN is a huge American sports broadcaster. Last month the channel bought rights to show English Premier League matches that used to belong to Setanta.