Sky and BT Sports have announced the opening 2015-16 live Barclays Premier League fixtures they will be showing through the August and September months of football. On Saturday, 8 August at a lunchtime kick-off, Manchester United will be playing Tottenham Hotspur live on BT – of course, the newly-formed channel will only be showing lunchtime kick-offs through these months and likely the entire season.
The two broadcasters will pay an average of £6.5 million per game, an average that will increase the following season to more than £10 million per game after the landmark £5.14 billion TV deal announced in February earlier this year. Manchester United will be shown six times with Chelsea and Arsenal shown five. Fans of newly promoted sides Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford will be disappointed as their clubs will be shown on live TV just once through August and September; Leicester, Stoke and Sunderland will also only be given a sole airing during this period.