The Premier League’s big six are reported to be ‘hugely resistant’ to new broadcasting proposals, which include access to dressing room footage and mid-game interviews.
Talks are continuing between Premier League authorities and broadcasters ahead of a potential restart to the suspended season, with clubs currently facing the prospect of paying back a significant rebate to the broadcasting companies amid the rescheduling of the campaign.
According to the Independent, the British broadcasters are keen to explore new options ahead of a behind-closed-doors return for the Premier League, including greater access behind the scenes both at half-time and post-match.
There are fears that the lack of spectators in stadiums may diminish the final television product, with the broadcasters pushing for ‘new elements’ to ensure they deliver the best possible experience for viewers.
The proposals were put towards Premier League clubs during a conference call, where it was made clear by the so-called ‘big six’ that they were ‘totally unwilling to go to those plans’. The division’s leading sides believe it would be a ‘mistake’ to give away such footage for free, and believe it could be used as a ‘significant bargaining chip’ ahead of new broadcasting contracts, especially given the prospect of a long recession.
The big six also largely view behind-the-scenes footage as their own exclusive content, content which is becoming increasingly lucrative as clubs become ‘content providers in their own right’.
The report insists, however, that the ‘resistance is not seen as any way prohibitive to Project Restart’, with talks continuing over a resumption to the Premier League season next month.
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