Premier League clubs agree to screen EVERY match on TV until at least October 1 amid tentative plans for supporters to gradually return to stadiums from next month
- All 28 Premier League games up until October 1 will be available to watch live
- The 20 teams discussed the screening of all matches until October on Monday
- The u-turn follows pressure from the government and football supporters
- Plans remain in place for spectators to be allowed back into grounds next month
All 20 Premier League clubs have given the green light on plans to allow all top-flight matches to be shown live on TV this season until at least October 1.
Out of the first 28 games of the 2020-21 season, 11 matches weren’t due to be screened but that has changed with every match available to watch live.
The 11 outstanding games will be split between Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC. Six will be on Sky, three on BT and one each on Amazon and the BBC.
Premier League clubs have given the green light to show all games on TV until October 1
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters had come under pressure from supporters
A statement by the Premier League on Tuesday read: ‘At a Premier League Shareholders’ meeting today, clubs agreed that all 28 matches scheduled to be played in September will be broadcast live in the UK, via the League’s existing broadcasting partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.
‘Sky Sports and BT Sport have already selected 17 matches for live broadcast for the first three match rounds of the 2020-21 season. Of the remaining 11 matches, Sky Sports will broadcast an additional six, BT Sport a further three and BBC and Amazon Prime Video one each.
‘The Premier League is also in discussions with BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT to agree a similar solution for radio.
‘In consultation with all relevant stakeholders, the Premier League is considering appropriate arrangements for matches which will take place after 1 October.
‘The Premier League is working on a step-by-step approach, while monitoring the developments regarding the League’s number one priority of getting fans back into full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always being our priority.’
The U-turn by the 20 clubs and Premier League executives follows pressure from supporters and the Government to show games that are behind closed doors.
There are plans for supporters to be allowed back into stadiums next month albeit with capacity scaled back to between 15 and 35 per cent.
But those plans are being continually reviewed and any further rise in coronavirus cases could impact how quickly more supporters are allowed back.
The 20 Premier League clubs reportedly met on Monday to discuss the broadcasting plans
All Premier League games following last season’s restart in June were shown live on television
This is the second time the 3pm Saturday blackout has been scrapped this year, as all top-flight games were shown on TV following the Premier League’s return in June.
Some games were shown on free-to-air channels, including four on the BBC, with others on Sky One and Sky’s Pick channel.
So far, TV picks have only been made for the opening three matches of the 2020-21 Premier League season.
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES IN SEPTEMBER
Saturday 12 September
12:30 Fulham vs. Arsenal (live on BT Sport)
15:00 Crystal Palace vs. Southampton (live on BT Sport)
17:30 Liverpool vs. Leeds United (live on Sky Sports)
20:00 West Ham United vs. Newcastle United (live on Sky Sports)
Sunday 13 September
14:00 West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City (live on Sky Sports)
16:30 Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton (live on Sky Sports)
Monday 14 September
18:00 Sheffield United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (live on Sky Sports)
20:15 Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea (live on Sky Sports)
Saturday 19 September
12:30 Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion (live on BT Sport)
15:00 Leeds United vs. Fulham (live on BT Sport)
17:30 Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace (live on Sky Sports)
20:00 Arsenal vs. West Ham United (live on Sky Sports)
Sunday 20 September
12:00 Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (live on BT Sport)
14:00 Newcastle United vs. Brighton & Hove Albion (live on Sky Sports)
16:30 Chelsea vs. Liverpool (live on Sky Sports)
19:00 Leicester City vs. Burnley (live on BBC Sport)
Monday 21 September
18:00 Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United (live on Sky Sports)
20:15 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester City (live on Sky Sports)
Saturday 26 September
12:30 Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Manchester United (live on BT Sport)
15:00 Burnley vs. Southampton (TBC)
15:00 Crystal Palace vs. Everton (TBC)
15:00 Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United (TBC)
15:00 West Ham United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers (TBC)
17:30 West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea (live on Sky Sports)
Sunday 27 September
12:00 Sheffield United vs. Leeds United (live on BT Sport)
14:00 Fulham vs. Aston Villa (live on Sky Sports)
16:30 Manchester City vs. Leicester City (live on Sky Sports)
Monday 28 September
20:00 Liverpool vs. Arsenal (live on Sky Sports)