Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Premier League TV packages revealed

Premier League TV packages revealed

As part of a new broadcast package eight Premier League games will be played at 19:45 on Saturdays in the 2019/20 season. The Premier League believes it can sell, at a premium, games that will go up against the nation's favourite shows.

Another package is said to include eight 7.45pm Saturday kickoffs, a primetime slot that will place them in competition with the likes of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

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In another big change, all 30 matches in three midweek rounds per season will be broadcast live, as well as all 10 matches on one Bank Holiday round.

Premier League attendances could suffer because of the decision to broadcast an extra 42 matches live from the 2019-20 season, supporters groups have warned.

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Four full rounds of Premier League games will be up for grabs in the new TV rights auction, it was reported on Thursday.

An invitation to tender for the various packages of games via sealed bids will be followed by the winning bids being chosen by the end of February. The existing rights are split between Sky Sports and BT Sport and cost £5.18 billion (€5.9 billion) but with lucrative Saturday evening games and 20 bank holiday matches that already gargantuan figure will surely increase.

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Those two broadcasters are expected to compete for the majority of matches again, although there may also be interest companies such as Amazon and Facebook.

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