Premier League problem: All 92 remaining games will be shown live when the Premier League returns behind closed doors after a three-month hiatus The Premier League confirmed on Thursday that all 92 of the remaining 2019/20 fixtures will be shown live on TV.
Project Restart received its biggest major boost this week as clubs agreed that England’s top-flight will be back in action on June 17, with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United set to restart the season.
Following that news was the fact that every match will be shown live in wall-to-wall Premier League weekend, with the BBC making history by showing live matches.
So, how has this happened and what are the financial costs to every Premier League side?
Here’s all the information you need.
What split has each broadcaster been given?
In all, Sky Sports will show 64 games, BT Sport 20, BBC 4 and Amazon Prime 4.
Sky Sports, who paid £3.579 billion for 128 matches a season from 2019-22, had 34 live games left in this campaign and was given 25 more, which it has said it will put on its free-to-air channel and simulcast on Sky Sports.
BT Sport, which paid out £975 million for its 52 live games, had eight left and has been given a further 12. As a “gesture of goodwill,” it will offer customers 50 per cent off their BT Sport monthly subscription.
Amazon made its Premier League debut over the festive period, showing two rounds of matches in mid-December and on Boxing Day, and they have been awarded another four games.
The BBC, who remain rights holders through live radio and Match of the Day, was given four matches, too, making Premier League history.
How much did they pay for these extra games and why have the BBC been awarded matches?
The broadcasters have paid nothing for these extra matches, they’ve been awarded to smooth over the relationship.
Equally, awarding the BBC some live matches satisfies the government’s desire to ‘lift morale’ in the UK, with everyone able to access the matches for free.
How much is the Premier League rebate?
If the season was cancelled outright, there was a fear Premier League clubs would owe broadcasters a whopping £700million.
However, instead, a deal in principle was agreed for a rebate of £330million, as a result of the change in the product that the broadcasters are receiving (behind closed doors).
Clubs had been hopeful of lowering that by almost 50 per cent to £170million but they were unsuccessful.
Whilst the figure of £330million has been agreed in principle, discussions are ongoing about the structure of those payments and indeed who will pay them.
Clubs are hopeful that the money will be allowed to be paid over the next two seasons and there has been a suggestion that the larger Premier League clubs could be asked to cough up a larger percentage of the bill.
The Premier League’s head of broadcasting, Paul Molnar, is leading negotiations and they have recommended that clubs accept the current terms on offer.
Broadcasters have suggested staggering payments, £30million for some, £10.5million for others, over the next two seasons to help clubs hit financially by the pandemic.
However, clubs such as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are reported to be against paying a larger share of the bill, which could cause further complications.
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