Every Premier League match could be televised if action to prevent the spread of coronavirus leads to games being played behind closed doors.
The British government is set to meet with sports bodies on Monday to make preparations for the possibility of matches being played without fans due to the spread of coronavirus.
The spread of the COVID-19 has escalated in the past week, with the amount of cases in the Uk rising above 200 on Saturday, while the first deaths due to the virus were recorded this week.
The Associated Press reports that part of the discussions have orientated around identifying ways for the sporting season to continue without the public, which could lead to further TV coverage of the Premier League.
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Currently, a block of live match coverage from 2:45pm to 5:15pm on Saturday’s restricting the coverage of the league but both the league and broadcasters are in talks about finding a way to air all games in stadiums that fans cannot access.
However, it is not anticipated that action to play games behind closed doors will emerge until next month at the earliest, with the government still in the ‘containment’ phase of their four-step plan to counter the spread of coronavirus.
The next stage, the delay phase, could see the introduction of ‘social distancing’ measures, including closing schools and urging people to work from home – with it likely that this is when action on Premier League matches will be taken.
England’s deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries has warned the UK was ‘teetering on the edge’ of sustained transmission, which could then lead into the next stage of the government’s plans.