Please enable JavaScript to experience the full functionality of GMX.

Premier League fixtures could air for free once season restarts

The Premier League could air some behind-closed-doors fixtures for free when the season restarts.

The current campaign is currently suspended indefinitely across most of Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now the UK's culture secretary Oliver Dowden has shed some light on a potential return.

The resumption of the season hinges on passing the government's five tests - including the NHS being able to cope, a "sustained and consistent" fall in the daily death rate, the infection rate dropping to "manageable levels", the supply of tests and PPE being able to meet demand and being confident of not risking a second peak - and meeting guidelines over social distancing.

Dowden told the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee: "I have said to the Premier League it wouldn't send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn't have access to it."

While sports are "reliant on the revenue they derive" from broadcasting deals", Dowden insisted there were ways sport can have elements of protecting revenue from broadcasting but also looking at ways of increasing access".

He added that the Premier League itself is "considering" the issue.

Sponsored Content