New Premier League broadcast deal will let fans pick TV matches

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2017

Four full rounds of Premier League games will reportedly be up for grabs - three midweek rounds of fixtures and a programme on a public holiday.

Seven different packages of games will go out to tender, and the Daily Telegraph reported that one would contain 20 games, consisting of two midweek programmes, and another would include a midweek and a bank holiday match schedule.

The 20 cash-hungry Premier League clubs have never limited themselves when it comes to the ambitions they have for their competition and, from 2019, they will pit their popularity against Britain's biggest entertainment shows: Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

The Premier League has given details of the 200 live matches that will be auctioned to broadcasters in the next few months.

The Premier League's new invitation to tender for the 2019-22 United Kingdom rights includes packages in which a broadcaster can screen all ten games in a round, including many of them simultaneously. The commitment to not showing any live games between 2:45 pm and 5:15 pm on Saturdays continues, aimed at protecting attendances for lower-league football.

Under the current £5.136 billion rights deal Sky screens the Saturday lunchtime and Sunday afternoon matches, along with Monday nights and occasional Friday evening kick-offs totalling 126 matches each season, while BT has Saturday teatime and midweek rights 42 matches each season.

Those two domestic giants are expected to compete for the majority of matches again, although there may also be interest from the likes of Amazon and Facebook.

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