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BBC set to stream 50 Danske Bank Premiership matches live online this season after NIFL deal agreed

 

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The cameras could be busy at Irish League games this season.

The cameras could be busy at Irish League games this season.

The cameras could be busy at Irish League games this season.

As many as 50 Danske Bank Premiership games will be streamed live online this season as part of a new deal between BBC Sport NI and the NI Football League.

The deal, first reported by the Sunday Life last month, will see the total number of local matches to be broadcast rise to 62, adding in 12 league and Irish Cup games set for television.

Two matches this weekend are set to be streamed live, with Coleraine's derby at home to Ballymena United brought forward to Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm) and Portadown's trip to Mid-Ulster rivals Glenavon pushed back until 5.30pm on Saturday.

The following weekend, Crusaders will take on Cliftonville in the north Belfast derby at 7.45pm on Friday October 23, with Ballymena to host Linfield at 5.30pm a day later.

The Blues' game at home to Crusaders on Friday, October 30 will be shown at 7.45pm.

"We know that it is going to be a challenging season for clubs as well as fans, so we felt it was important that we collaborated with the Irish FA, NIFL and the clubs to offer a different service this year," said Executive Editor of BBC Sport NI Neil Brittain.

"The result is that with 12 matches on BBC TV and 50 matches live-streamed on the BBC Sport NI website we will be bringing more live football to football fans than ever before.

"We always want to make the most of what we can do for our audiences and we hope that we have achieved a positive result for everyone involved."

Belfast Telegraph