Premier League to avoid Strictly clash

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Ben Rumsby and Sam Wal­lace

The Premier League was last night con­sid­er­ing head­ing off a rat­ings war with Strictly Come Danc­ing and the X Fac­tor by stop­ping its big­gest fix­tures be­ing shown at prime time on Satur­days.

Ahead of the world’s rich­est league go­ing out to ten­der on its UK tele­vi­sion rights for the 2019-22 sea­sons, Richard Scu­d­amore also ruled out games be­ing broad­cast on Sun­day morn­ings or Sun­day nights.

But the league’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man con­firmed there would be more live Bank Hol­i­day and mid­week matches shown, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple games at the same time. Some matches could be shown in a new Satur­day 7.45pm slot, bring­ing them into di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with the BBC and ITV’S two big­gest rat­ings win­ners, re­spec­tively, Strictly and the X Fac­tor.

One way of mit­i­gat­ing against that would be to en­sure first- and sec­ond-pick fix­tures un­der the new deal re­main in their ex­ist­ing slots, all but stop­ping the big­gest games be­ing shown on a Satur­day night.

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