The Premier League has announced an extra 20 matches will be broadcast during the forthcoming 2020/21 season, however clubs have opted out of broadcasting every match despite fans not being able to attend games.
According to reports, Premier League clubs opted for the extra 20 matches to compensate for the fact fans won’t be in stadiums. They decided against broadcasting all matches due to worries over “football fatigue.”
According to the Daily Mail, 12 additional matches will be broadcast on Sky Sports, six on BT Sport and two on Amazon Prime. Under the existing agreement Sky were due to show 128 games this season, with 52 on BT Sport and 20 on Amazon Prime.
In addition to securing extra games the rights holders have also agreed with the Premier League that no matches will be made available on free-to-air TV during the new season.
According to analyst Paolo Pescatore, the decision not to broadcast all matches will lead to a boost in sports subscriptions ahead of the new season.
“This will provide a much needed boost to revenues for sports broadcasters who have been hard with the pandemic over the last few months,” he tells TVBEurope. “Therefore, expect a frenzy of bundles and punchy offers to lure fans.”