Premier League ‘to return in early May’ behind closed doors to avoid £762m TV dilemma

The Premier League is on course to return on the first weekend in May, even with the coronavirus crisis still ongoing.

Government guidelines over social distancing has the UK in lockdown.

And no top-flight football club is training at present due to the restrictions everyone is adhering to.

There are major concerns, though, over the situation with getting the season finished.

Financial fears are at the heart of the reason the 2019/20 Premier League campaign could be rushed through.

Games would take place behind closed doors as the Premier League looks to get the season completed by Sunday, July 12, according to the Daily Mail .

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Saturday, May 2 could subsequently see sides back on the pitch, and fans will at least be able to watch from home on TV.

The Premier League’s contract with broadcasters is said to be watertight.

And if the season is not finished, Sky Sports, BT Sport and other broadcasters could demand as much as £762m.

Under the terms of the TV contracts, the cut-off point to finish this season is July 16.

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If that is breached, then Sky Sports, BT Sport and international rights-holders could demand the expensive rebates.

It remains to be seen if the time scale to complete the campaign is realistic, with all 20 Premier League clubs set to discuss the proposals on a conference call this Friday.

The plans would need to be endorsed by the government, public health bodies and the PFA.

Fans won’t be attending stadiums for the games to come, meaning Premier League stadiums will be empty
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