(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Every Premier League match is expected to be shown live on television for the foreseeable future as the likelihood grows that games will be played behind closed doors until 2021.
Under the current TV deals, Sky, BT Sport and Amazon were due to show ‘only’ 200 of this season’s 380 games live between them.
But the ‘new normal’ is now expected to see not only every one of this season’s 92 remaining games shown live, but every game of the 2020-21 season until fans are allowed back into stadiums.
Only 47 of the remaining 92 games were due to be shown this season but the other 45 will now also be screened, 25 of them by Sky, 10 of them by BT, and four each by the BBC and Amazon Prime. The majority of the ‘new’ games will be available free-to-air to fans, with the BBC showing live Premier League games for the first time.
Despite the broadcasters getting more live content than originally envisaged, the League’s 20 clubs will still have to pay a rebate to Sky of up to £330m for not playing the games on the dates originally agreed.
It is likely that £330m will not have be paid in full, and there are still ongoing talks about whether each club will need to rebate the same amount, or different sums relative to how much they would have received.
Liverpool, for example, were on course to receive about £177m in Premier League cash this season, before the pandemic, while Norwich at the other end of the table were on course for just below £100m. So it needs to be decided precisely how much each club needs to give back, whether on a pro rata basis or each club paying the same.