The Premier League has announced an extension of its deal with the respective media partners to screen in the UK the remainder of the 2020/21 season before fans can comfortably return to the stadiums.
Sky Sports and BT Sport, the main rights holders, will continue to screen the majority of matches, while Amazon and the BBC will carry additional games on the streaming network.
Committed to an accessible solution
A statement released by the Premier League read: “The Premier League and its clubs remain committed to an accessible solution for fans.
“The UK live broadcast arrangements will be reviewed in consultation with clubs and in line with any decisions made by Government regarding the return of spectators to stadiums.”
As a result of the coronavirus crisis, the English top flight took the decision to extend television games, with spectators still unable to attend due to a third national lockdown in the region.
The statement added that while stadiums are missing, games will continue to be broadcast live to ensure fans do not miss seeing their favourite teams while such an important part of the game is missing.
Last month, on the basis of calls from fans and the government, the top flight announced matches from 30 January will be made accessible for fans to watch live in the UK.
The new structure of the Premier League lasted until the last weekend of February, but in the absence of the supporters, it decided to prolong the deal.
A new plan for the exit lockdown, including ‘target dates’ for reopening those industries, is expected to be unveiled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. While elite sports have been permitted to continue following the third national lockdown, including the Premier League, fans are still barred from entering sports venues.