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BBC to broadcast live Premier League matches for the first time

Sky Sports to broadcast 25 matches via its FTA channel Pick

The Premier League has announced all 92 remaining matches will be broadcast live in the UK.

In a statement, the league said shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all the games broadcast by its existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.

It’s thought the BBC will gain the rights to broadcast four live games, the first time since the league’s inception in 1992 that the broadcaster will have shown matches live.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed matches will be played behind closed doors, which has led to the decision to make all the games available on TV.

“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home,” Masters said in a statement.

“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”

Sky Sports has confirmed it will make 25 of the 64 matches it has the rights to available on its free-to-air channel, Pick. The FTA matches will kick off with Everton v Liverpool, which is due to take place during the weekend of 19th June.

Sky said it plans to launch a host of innovative new features and updates to enable fans to experience a more immersive experience.

BT Sport seen its allocation of matches increase from 8 to 20. So far, the broadcaster has not announced plans to make any of the games available for free.

Amazon Prime has also picked up extra matches, gaining rights to show four matches.