Premier League matches reportedly could be shown free-to-air on television if the season resumes behind closed doors, as expected.
According to The Mirror, supporters could be able to watch some of their side’s remaining games on Sky Sports and BT Sport on the red button, even if the fixture kicks off at 3pm.
It is thought that not every match will be shown, and the bigger fixtures will take priority, but the move would be a big step to facilitating a resumption of the league season.
The report claims the authorities believe the concept would encourage fans to stay at home and stop people coming to the stadiums while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
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Talks are ongoing between television broadcasters and the Premier League, with the general consensus that the season must be completed when it is safe to do so.
football.londonunderstands that in a conference call between the three governing bodies and the government on Saturday, discussions were held over completing the season in July, with games to take place behind closed doors over a period of four to six weeks unless the situation worsens in the UK.
All emphasis currently is on finishing the season and therefore avoiding the potential ramifications of an unfinished competition, including hundreds of millions of pounds in lost revenue for clubs.
With the current lockdown period set to end on April 13, clubs will be hoping that the conditions can be relaxed with players able to return to training.
Fixtures are postponed until at least April 30 at the moment, but the expectation is that there will be further postponements, with issues over insurance and player safety likely to stop any matches taking place until the crisis is over.
The Premier League will meet again on Friday with all 20 clubs taking part in a video conference call…