Football: Scottish FA's pounds 20m Sky TV deal

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SCOTTISH football signed a four-year pounds 20m contract with Sky Sports yesterday.

Under the deal Sky will broadcast exclusive live coverage of all home internationals including European Championship and World Cup qualifiers up to the end of the 2001-02 season. Channel 5 already has an agreement to screen all Scotland's away games in the Euro 2000 qualifiers.

"The financial boost is significant and will assist the continued development of Scottish football at all levels," the Scottish Football Association president, Jack McGinn, said. "It will allow fans to view matches involving the national teams and matches from the Tennents Scottish Cup over the next four years."

Highlights of Scotland's games will be shown on terrestrial television.