Premier League confirm ALL matches will continue to be broadcast live on TV and bosses say scheme will not change until Government give green light for fans to return to stadiums
- All Premier League matches will continue to be broadcast live on TV in the UK
- Earlier this season, league chiefs abandoned a pay-per-view scheme for games
- Those not selected for traditional broadcast were offered to fans for £14.95
- The agreement to televise all games will continue until fans return to stadiums
Every Premier League match will continue to be available live on TV as league chiefs confirmed the scheme will not change until fans are allowed to return to stadiums.
Earlier in the season, Premier League chiefs were forced into an embarrassing u-turn after launching a pay-per-view service for the games not picked out for traditional TV broadcast.
The controversial scheme asked fans to pay £14.95 to watch matches and it proved a PR disaster for the Premier League and clubs before it was scrapped in November.
All Premier League games will remain available to watch live on TV, league chiefs confirmed
With the country in a national lockdown, all games were made available to be broadcast live
Since then every match has been made available to watch live with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC splitting up coverage.
In a statement on Wednesday, league bosses confirmed all games would continue to be made available for live TV coverage in the UK.
‘The Premier League today confirmed all fixtures will continue to be made available to fans to watch live in the UK,’ the statement read.
‘This arrangement will be extended until Government guidance permits supporters to return to stadiums.
The Premier League’s pay-per-view plan averaged fewer than 40,000 viewers per match
‘All matches will be shown via existing broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC, who continue to work with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.’
Last month, the Premier League confirmed all games from January 30 through to the final weekend of February would be available for fans in the UK to watch live.
It now appears with the latest announcement that games in March will include all teams with no expectation of an easing of restrictions.
Despite certain teams being able to welcome back a small number of fans for a few weeks last year, England once again finds itself in a national lockdown as it bids to get a grip on Covid-19 cases.
That in turn has seen matches continue behind closed doors and it remains unclear following the latest announcement if supporters will return to stadiums for the end of the 2020-21 season.
League chiefs say the scheme will only change once supporters are able to return to stadiums
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