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Could the return of football on TV help encourage people to stay home?

Plans for all 200 Premier League and Championship matches to be shown on TV

With much debate and rumours circulating about the possible return of football matches to TV screens, it seems the government thinks it could be one way of keeping people inside.

According to The Times, almost all of the 200 remaining games in the Premier League and Championship will be televised as part of Project Restart, the plan to get football up and running again.

It’s thought matches will take place at four different times a day, with both BT Sport and Sky Sports aiming to air as many games as possible.

The paper adds that the plan has the backing of the government because it would help keep people indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rights to 47 of the remaining 92 Premier League games are held by Sky and BT, but the Times says there is ‘a strong desire’ to show the other 45 fixtures on a free-to-air platform.

Meanwhile the Daily Telegraph suggests the BBC’s flagship football programme Match of the Day has been told to prepare for a return date of 12th June.