Premier League matches without fans and free on TV

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) quoted a proposal from the British Minister of Culture that the English Premier League matches may be broadcast for free when the championship suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic crisis is resumed.

Oliver Dowden said he had “fruitful talks” with British sports federations on the resumption of championships after the deadly virus caused a general closure.

Duden told the Committee on Culture, Information, and Sports that when the league resumes it is likely that matches will be played without fans to contain the spread of the virus, and that it is important to watch the competitions in some way.

The Premier League stopped last month due to the Corona pandemic, and the government asked residents to stay in their homes to help slow the spread of the disease.

When a tournament resumes, it is expected to be held without fans.

“I told the Premier League that it would not be a positive message if it was the first big tournament that is back behind closed doors and most fans cannot follow,” Dowden said.

He added that sport is “dependent on revenue” from broadcasting contracts, and it may “have the means to protect broadcasting revenue but also solutions to increase access”.

Dowden indicated that the Premier League was thinking about it.

Sky, BT, and Amazon have live broadcast rights to Premier League matches, while BBC can broadcast footage of them for free.