Top flight 1-0 Television! Premier League wins battle with broadcasters as plans for extra microphones, cameras and interviews are REJECTED – with audio access to coin toss set to be the only concession
- Premier League won battle with broadcasters over extending access for games
- Plans for extra cameras, microphones and interviews were all rejected by clubs
- An audio feed from the captains’ pre-match coin toss is likely to be an addition
- As well as a fixed camera in tunnel providing more pictures of teams running out
The Premier League has won a battle with broadcasters over extending access when the season resumes, with proposals for cameras in dressing rooms, microphones in the technical area and player interviews at half-time all rejected by the clubs.
The only significant changes to television coverage following the resumption on June 17 are likely to be the addition of an audio feed from the captains’ pre-match coin toss and a fixed camera in the tunnel providing more pictures of the teams running out on to the pitch.
Both ideas are expected to be rubberstamped at a meeting of the clubs on Thursday.
Premier League won battle with broadcasters over extending access when season resumes
An audio feed from the captains’ pre-match coin toss is likely to be an addition to TV coverage
In some respects the television rights-holders will have less access when the Premier League restarts, as under operational plans first revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday, only one commentator and one co-commentator will be granted access to the stadiums.
As a result, presenters such as Gary Lineker and big-name pundits including Rio Ferdinand will provide their analysis from off-site studios, while broadcasters will be prevented from doing any filming on the pitch.
Premier League clubs received the first draft of matchday protocols for each stadium on Tuesday evening, providing the first indication as to how the slimmed-down version of the sport will operate when the competition returns later this month.
Clubs will have to get used to working with far fewer personnel, with the Premier League planning to limit staff to 20 players per club (18 in the squad and two on standby), 12 members of their medical and coaching teams, and 10 directors and executives.
Four doping control officers would also be permitted along with six opposition scouts, one from each of the next three sides the two teams are set to face. Two press officers from each club would also be present.
Under the Matchday Operations Plan, which the Premier League want the clubs to approve on Thursday, stadiums would be split into three areas: the red zone, which relates to the pitch and tunnel; an amber zone, which covers the stadium bowl; and a green zone including outside areas such as coach parks.
A fixed camera in tunnel providing more pictures of the teams running out is a likely change
A maximum of 105 people would be permitted in the red zone, with around 300 people allowed to attend in total, although this remains subject to change.
The plans would also see a substantial reduction in the media presence, with all pre- and post-match press conferences to be held via a video conferencing platform.
The host broadcaster would be allowed 98 staff inside the stadium and 75 off-site. While that may sound like a big group, it is well down on normal numbers, which are usually in three figures.
A maximum of 25 written press would be permitted to attend, along with 15 radio broadcasters — although as many as four of those would be from the clubs’ own media operations.
The Premier League’s broadcasting arm, Premier League Productions, would be allowed 23 staff, and there would be 15 international commentators.
The BBC — unless they are showing the game live themselves — would be allowed just two people inside the venue.
Sources have said that the guidelines seem fair but may well cause issues, especially among clubs with large numbers of staff.
There may also be issues with the media. Around 60 written press, for example, would be expected at the top matches under normal conditions.
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