Fans of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham could be set for a television bonanza when Premier League football returns next month.
That is because the Premier League has dropped its opposition to 3pm Saturday kick-offs being shown on TV.
After the Saturday afternoon TV blackout was lifted last month, league bosses made it clear that they had no plans to broadcast matches kicking off at this time.
Yet The Times report that the league has had a change of heart, in part due to pressure from the government for some matches to be shown free to air.
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All of the 92 remaining games will be played behind closed doors but shown live on TV, with negotiations continuing about the number that are available on free to air.
Clubs are set to receive more details about the league’s broadcast schedule at a meeting on Thursday, with plans in place to maximise TV audience by not playing games simultaneously.
Currently, Sky and BT Sport have the rights to 47 games, and a draft plan would see 32 of the remaining 45 matches go to Sky, with eight on BT Sport and five on Amazon and the BBC.
Sky and BT could well opt to show games free on their Freeview channels or via YouTube, should Project Restart be given the green light by Premier League clubs.
Today’s news comes after culture secretary Oliver Dowden last week revealed the Government’s desire to see some matches shown if football returns next month.
“I hope we can sort this out and also hope we can get more money going into the sport of football,” he said. “I think we can find ourselves in a win-win situation.”