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SPL announce record television deal

The Scottish Premier League have signed a two-year extension to their current television deal with Setanta Sports.

The new agreement, which runs until the end of season 2009-10, is worth £54.5million over four years - the biggest in the history of Scottish football.

In addition to covering the current 38 live games per season, Setanta will feature a further 22 live matches between non-Old Firm clubs taking the number of televised games to 60 per year.

SPL executive chairman Lex Gold said: 'I am delighted that we have agreed an extension to our contract.

'Setanta Sports has been an excellent partner delivering great coverage of the league with excellent production values.

'It is no secret that a number of our clubs have faced a tough time financially.

'This £54.5million deal is the biggest in the history of Scottish football and provides a very welcome boost for our clubs. It also answers the call from supporters for more coverage of games that do not involve the Old Firm.

'It is a good day for the SPL, our clubs and their supporters, Setanta Sports and for Scottish football.'

Setanta director of sport Trevor East added: 'A good season just got better.

'This brings our investment in the Scottish Premier League to £71million.

'We are delighted that we will be showcasing 60 top live games from next season and that we have further cemented our partnership with the SPL.

'Extending our coverage to include more teams more often is an important part of our development strategy.'