The Times have confirmed the Saturday 3 pm TV blackout will be lifted ahead of the new Premier League season, to ensure that all Premier League matches will be available for broadcast until fans return through the turnstiles.
We are now just over two weeks away from the start of the new season after what has been a shortened off-season break due to the pandemic.
Just like the final part of the 2019/20 season, matches will be played behind closed doors at the start of the new campaign.
However, the UK government, as well as the Premier League clubs, remain hopeful that fans can be welcomed back into the stadia before long if trial events prove successful (Sun).
The Times claim that all Premier League games will be available to be broadcast to British viewers until fans are allowed to return.
The report reveals that the Premier League initially wanted to stick by the original Sky and BT Sport contracts, which would have meant that 40 per cent of games would not be available live on TV.
However, with top-flight clubs worried that fans might illegally stream matches, it has now been decided to temporarily get rid of the Saturday 3 pm TV blackout and make all matches available for broadcast.
Spurs Web Opinion
It is good to see that common sense has prevailed and the right decision has been reached. With fans unlikely to be allowed in the stadia for at least a couple of months (and even then only in a reduced capacity), this is the least the Premier League and the FA could do.
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