BBC in line for more top-flight games
The BBC could be awarded more live Premier League games this season if clubs reverse their decision to block fans from watching 160 of them on television.
The 20 members of the world’s richest league will this week decide whether to continue screening all of their fixtures while fans remain banned from attending them due to the coronavirus crisis.
Clubs agreed at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting on Thursday to reconsider their refusal to allow more than 220 games to be shown live in the UK following intense pressure – including a last-ditch intervention from the Government.
The league immediately began talks with its broadcast partners with a view to screening every game from the start of the season on Saturday until at least Oct 1. Those partners include the BBC, which became the first terrestrial broadcaster to show live Premier League football last season when it returned behind closed doors.
The corporation was awarded four matches under Project Restart partly to compensate it for that suspension and partly due to the impact of the Government ordering the Premier League to show every game live – some free-to-air – until the end of the campaign.