The ability to watch every single game on UK television could be short-lived, with the Premier League reportedly set to return to its usual broadcast model next season.
The Premier League made it’s behind-closed-doors return last month following its three-month suspension, though the enforced absence of supporters in stadiums meant that all of the 92 remaining fixtures of the current campaign would be broadcast live in what has been a fantastic feast of televised football.
According to The Athletic though, that situation will not continue into next season, despite stadiums being unlikely to return to full capacity for some time, though there are tentative plans regarding a staggered return for supporters.
While it was part of the government’s regulations for finalising the current season that all fixtures be televised, there will be no such plan for the 2020/21 campaign, with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon all set to return to the ‘normal’ broadcasting model.
The news will be a huge blow to supporters who have already opted against renewing their season tickets, either because of health concerns or uncertainty over how many fixtures they will be able to attend next season, with concerns about a potential increase in illegal streaming.
The 2020/21 Premier League season is currently expected to begin on September 12, the new campaign delayed as a consequence of the current season’s rescheduling.
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