All 28 Premier League matches being played behind closed doors in September will be televised live after an agreement was reached on Tuesday. The Premier League said the existing rights holders – Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and the BBC – will all now screen matches this month.
Initially, 17 matches were already scheduled for broadcast but the league has confirmed that the remaining 11 will be shown too.
Of those 11, six will be on Sky, three on BT and one each shown by Amazon Prime and the BBC.
The Premier League is also in discussion with its radio partners BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT to agree a similar situation, and is “considering appropriate arrangements for matches which will take place after October 1”.
The government is still working towards allowing some spectators back into stadiums from October, albeit with grounds still well below capacity.
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Leicester confirmed their match against Burnley would be screened on the BBC.
“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,” a statement read.
Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters, had previously written to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters to air his concerns over the possible blackout.
The Football Supporters’ Association had also pushed for the matter to be addressed, with its chief executive Kevin Miles describing the situation as “ridiculous”.
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“Surely it can’t be the Premier League’s intention to drive fans towards the use of illegal unlicensed streams, yet we seem to be in the position where the only people who can’t legally watch those games live are the citizens of North Korea, Saudi Arabia – and law-abiding fans of Premier League clubs in the UK,” he said last month.
The FSA tweeted after the announcement: “All Premier League matches to be televised in September in some form – #LetUsWatch campaign and fan pressure has yielded results.”
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport had also called on the Premier League to resolve the matter.
All 92 matches in the restarted 2019-20 campaign were shown live on TV, with 33 of them made available free to air.
Premier League fixtures on TV – how to watch
Saturday, September 12
Fulham vs Arsenal (12.30pm – live on BT Sport)
Crystal Palace vs Southampton (3pm – live on BT Sport)
Liverpool vs Leeds (5.30pm – live on Sky Sports)
West Ham vs Newcastle (8pm – live on Sky Sports)
Sunday, September 13
West Brom vs Leicester City (2pm – live on Sky Sports)
Tottenham vs Everton (4.30pm – live on Sky Sports)
Monday, September 14
Sheffield United vs Wolves (6pm – live on Sky Sports)
Brighton vs Chelsea (8.15pm – live on Sky Sports)
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