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The Scottish Premiership is the top division for men's professional football clubs in Scotland. It was formed in 2013 when The Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League merged to create The Scottish Professional Football League. Ladbrokes sponsored the Premiership from 2015-2020. After a year with no title sponsor, a new 5-year deal was struck with used car marketplace Cinch, the current sponsor.
There are 12 clubs in the Premiership. The season runs from August to May and is divided into 2 phases. In the first phase, each team plays each other 3 times, and the results of these games determine the "top six" and "bottom six" for the second phase of the season. Post-split, each team plays a further 5 games against the other teams in their section. Teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and none for a loss. Points gained during the season's first phase are rolled forward to the second phase, but teams cannot move out of their section even if they gain more points than a higher-ranked team.
At the end of the season, the team with the most points is league champion. If teams are equal on points, goal difference is used. If no winner can still be determined, the tied teams compete in a playoff game at a neutral venue.
The club finishing in 12th place is relegated to the Scottish Championship the following season, while the winner of the Championship is promoted to the Premiership. The club finishing in 11th place will face the winners of the Championship playoffs at home and away. The winner of those games will play in the Premiership the following season.
In previous incarnations, the top division of Scottish Football has been won by Celtic or Rangers every year since 1985. Since Rangers' demotion due to insolvency in 2012, Celtic remained undefeated. Rangers returned to the Premiership for the 2016/17 season and finished third in the following 2 seasons, behind Aberdeen, who placed second four seasons in a row. In 2020/21 they completed an unbeaten season on 15th May 2021 after a 4–0 win against Aberdeen to claim the title for the first time since their return and have successfully defended their title each season as of the 2022/23 season.
Betting on the outright winner of the Premiership is widespread, and betting on an outsider to win could be very profitable. As Rangers and Celtic have been the favourites to win for so long, betting without the favourite is a popular way to bet. Bets can be placed on a winner without Celtic or without Celtic or Rangers, "The Old Firm" as they are known. These bets will receive a slightly lower price but will pay out if your club wins or if they come second and are beaten by the favourite. Bets can also be placed on the top goal scorer, as well as on which clubs will finish bottom of the Premiership and whether a team will be placed Top 6 or Bottom 6 that season.
In the UK broadcast rights to Scottish Premiership games are owned by Sky Sports and BBC Scotland. Sky will show 48 matches and the play off final each season until 2025 while the BBC will show the Scottish Premiership Play-Off Quarter-Final & Semi-Final.