Premier League holds its crunch broadcast meeting with a hefty £330m rebate bill (and that’s a minimum!) and access for TV companies to enhance coverage on the agenda – and just how many games will fans be able to watch from their own homes?
- The Premier League is enduring its most crucial week ahead of Project Restart
- There is a meeting on Thursday regarding broadcasting in the Premier League
- It is anticipated that a discussion on the likely rebate to broadcasters will be held
- All 20 clubs will face an overall bill of £330million, with the possibility of more
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Project Restart faces its most crucial week yet as the Premier League desperately attempts to get the show back on the road again by mid-June.
The football season was decimated in early March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and it is expected to have significant detrimental effects going forward for every club across Europe.
While the main priority remains getting football back safely in England, plenty of other issues need to be resolved as soon as possible.
This week, the Premier League are looking to approve a series of new measures and issues – like a rebate to domestic and overseas broadcasters. And that is exactly what they will be doing on Thursday.
Ahead of Thursday’s crunch meeting, Sportsmail takes a closer look at what exactly will be on the agenda regarding broadcasting issues…
The Premier League are looking to finalise details to restart the season again by mid-June
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL CLUBS HAVE TO PAY BACK?
Premier League clubs are facing a chunky bill of £330million, which is due to broadcasters even if the 2019-20 campaign is completed after subscribers have been lost during the pandemic. But that’s not where it stops.
All 20 English top-flight clubs will have to pay back an extra £36million to the relevant broadcasters every week the season stretches beyond its official end date of July 16.
It is understood that there is anger at these plans, and concerns there could be job losses across the division as a result.
While this appears an intimidating fee, it is essential that the Premier League campaign finishes.
If the season is scrapped altogether with no more more matches played, then Sky Sports, BT Sport and international broadcasters are owed a staggering rebate of £762m.
According to the Telegraph, full details of the financial rebate models are expected to be presented to the 20 clubs during Thursday’s conference call.
There were high hopes that the Premier League would eventually resume again on June 12, but June 19 is now expected to be the earliest restart date, meaning it is likely to have cost clubs £36m already.
Premier League clubs face a £330m rebate from broadcasters even if the season is completed
HOW WILL THE PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS PAY THE £330M REBATE?
Premier League clubs reportedly do not want to pay the £330m fee upfront amid the financial fall-out of the coronavirus crisis.
Therefore, clubs will ask for the money owed to the TV companies to be paid over five years to limit the impact of the pandemic on football.
The Telegraph reports that the 20 chief executives of the Premier League clubs would want to negotiate a deal where the £16.5m – which is owed by each outfit – could be paid in installments over five years.
Furthermore, with the next cycle of TV rights coming into play in 2022, the rebate could potentially come out of the next deal to help clubs negotiate their cash-flow problems in the post-coronavirus football landscape.
Clubs, especially the lesser sides in the Premier League, fear that offloading the money over a period of five years would soften the blow of the harsh new financial reality.
WHY EXACTLY IS THERE THIS REBATE?
There is an argument among broadcasters that they have lost a huge number of subscribers during this unprecedented period, who may not return once the Premier League campaign gets underway again.
Furthermore, Sky, BT Sport and Co are set to be challenged with a different product to what they originally paid for when Project Restart is finalised.
Without fans inside stadiums, the experience will not be the same for consumers, which could have a detrimental effect for broadcasters.
Sky Sports and BT Sport have lost out on Premier League action for the last three months
WHAT ACCESS COULD BROADCASTERS GET AT GAMES?
After losing at least three months of live sport during the shutdown, Sky and BT have made a series of demands in the hope of enhancing their coverage.
When the season does eventually resume, games will be played behind closed doors so it is imperative that customers can enjoy the best possible experience while watching matches from their comfort of their own homes.
Sportsmail recently reported that the broadcasters have asked for a camera to be placed in the dressing room, an audio feed from the technical area which can be broadcast live, and a camera in the tunnel.
Furthermore, they want half-time interviews with managers or players from both teams.
The Premier League have indicated their intention to offer additional content and greater access to broadcasters to make up for the loss of matches during the lockdown.
According to the Telegraph, there was an acceptance recently that there was quite a ‘sterile’ atmosphere at the Bundesliga matches played behind closed doors.
Other ideas are being considered among the Premier League as to the best ways to deal with the absence of supporters within stadiums. These include adding artificial fan noise.
Matches will be played behind closed doors when the Premier League eventually resumes
HOW MANY GAMES WILL FANS BE ABLE TO WATCH FROM HOME?
On Thursday, the Premier League are set to discuss the distribution of the remaining 92 matches – with 45 of them having not initially been selected for broadcast.
And according to the Mirror, Premier League supporters will be treated to a ‘TV bonanza’ when Project Restart kicks off next month.
With armchair fans starved of live football since Leicester’s victory over Aston Villa on March 9, England’s top flight is reportedly planning weekends of wall-to-wall coverage.
Sky Sports and BT Sport have live rights to 47 games and remaining 45 will be further shared
It could reportedly see all 10 games over a matchweek put on live television, with five shown back-to-back on Saturday and another five on the Sunday.
Games would start every two hours from 12pm, with further kick-offs at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.
The bulk of the remaining 92 games will take place over weekends, but there is believed to be a push from broadcasters to show some games in midweek.
That would see a Champions League style format take over with kick-offs at 6pm and 8pm.
Sky and BT Sport have the live rights to 47 games and the remaining 45 – that were originally not chosen for broadcast – will be further shared. Sky would get 32, BT eight and five would go to Amazon and the BBC.
Sky Sports customers who ‘paused’ their monthly subscription because of the pandemic are set to be billed again from June 19, according to reports.
There could be a TV bonanza for Premier League supporters when it gets given the green light
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