Premier League scrap initiative after criticism from fans

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The Premier League has decided to scrap its initiative to make games available through a pay-per-view model, Sky Sports has revealed.

The decision to price matches not selected for broadcast at £14.95 per game led to outrage among some fans, with some deciding instead to boycott pay-per-view games and donate to charity instead.

After the initiative received widespread criticism, it was reported two weeks ago that discussions were being had about potentially discontinuing the scheme and coming up with a different arrangement (BBC Sport).

It has now been confirmed that the scheme will indeed be scrapped until the end of the calendar year.

Instead, all fixtures until New Year will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK, in a similar arrangement to what happened last season after the restart.

The Premier League revealed that the decision will be reviewed at the start of 2021 after discussions with the clubs and broadcast partners.

Their official statement on the matter read: “Working with our broadcast partners, and with the support of clubs, all matches will be shown via existing Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and BBC services. Details of the first additional selections covering the period until the end of November are announced today. December and January selections will follow in due course alongside our usual UK live matches.

“There is a full schedule of Premier League games over the festive period and clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans. These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.

“The agreement will be reviewed in the new year following consultation with clubs, broadcast partners and in line with any decisions made by Government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.

“The Premier League and our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible.”

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