The Premier League has made the decision to continue offering televised coverage of all matches as the third nationwide UK lockdown continues.
The announcement follows Richard Masters, the chief executive of the league’s earlier decision to keep playing games behind closed doors for the rest of the season.
Previous reduced capacity
In December, audiences were able to return to stadiums with a reduced capacity of up to 2,000, but this was reversed after a spike in COVID-19 cases forced the UK government to enact another national lockout.
Accessible solution for fans.
A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League and its clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans.
“These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.”
Previous proposals to sell Premier League matches as part of a pay-per-view package in late 2020 were highly criticised by supporters, many of whom donated the £ 14.99 fee needed to watch those matches to charitable causes, such as local food banks.
Instead, coverage will be provided from 30 January until the end of February by the four main broadcasters of the league, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and the BBC.
The clash between West Bromwich Albion and Fulham would be the only match to be broadcast on the free-to-air BBC and its iPlayer on-demand service during the third lockout. Both clubs are fighting, having just been promoted last season, to prevent relegation.
Meanwhile, the latest coverage of the 0-0 match between title competitors and fierce rivals Manchester United and Liverpool by Sky Sports smashed the ratings record for broadcasters, attracting an audience of nearly 4.5 million.