Monday, 26 June, 2017

Premier League will consider Saturday night fixtures in new TV deal

Steve Agnew GETTY Steve Agnew
Clarence Duncan | 14 June, 2017, 05:00

Recently the Premier League re-introduced Friday night fixtures to their roster.

"How do empty stands look?"

"They met with BT Sport only a matter of months ago - at no point did BT Sport mention 7.45pm kick offs and the silence from them has been deafening ever since".

'Now they are reported as being the driving force behind it all.

Next Monday (19 June) sees current vacant seats go on sale to Newcastle fans.

That is not a kick-off time that will please match-going fans in the top-flight as it makes it increasingly hard to get home after an away game via public transport and will be impossible in some places. "It isn't good enough".

The last set of domestic rights were sold to Sky and BT Sport in 2015 for more than £5.14billion. BT Sport stressed the broadcaster had not made any push towards adding a late Saturday slot when the rights come up for auction again. We are not the "driving force behind it all". Simon Green, the head of BT Sport, is known to be keen that the Premier League embraces the idea.

With millions of supporters following all 20 clubs from all parts of the globe, the league is looking to capitalise on growing numbers of television audiences.

As part of the agreement with the regulator Ofcom, at least 190 Premier League matches per season are to be broadcast in the United Kingdom from 2019-20, up from 168. We'll be playing against Premier League teams and there is no better way to prepare for the Premier League than to play against teams that are featuring in it. As well as a replacement for Costa, Conte could be on the lookout for another center-back, a wing-back and possibly a midfield partner for last season's PFA Player of the Year, N'Golo Kante.

Because of the 2018 World Cup finals starting in Russian Federation on June 14, next season's final Premier League fixtures will be on Sunday, May 13.

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