Premier League clubs are set to agree to a deal which will see non-televised matches become available to all fans – but they will not be shown on TV.
Since lockdown, fans of the top-flight have been able to watch all the games on either Sky, BT, BBC or Amazon.
But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters will lose their patience, with clubs already owing them £330m over the next two seasons after Covid-19’s impact.
Chiefs, though, believe they have come up with a way to keep both the fans and their main TV partners satisfied.
According to The Sun , a meeting is being held with the top 20 clubs to sign off on a plan for the rest of October that would see less games aired on TV.
Five matches in the three remaining October weekends for fixtures have been moved so that Sky and BT can air the,.
But it still leaves five more games that are set to be played in the 3pm Saturday slot.
And Premier League will make these games accessible to the fans who want to see them for a fee, similar to paying at the stadium gate.
Some clubs proposed using their own websites to make matches available to season-ticket holders – but it was seen by others as “divisive”.
With the games possibly set to be available through an app, it has been backed by the Bix Six while the other 14 clubs are believed to have accepted the plan.
Further details of how to watch the games on Sky and BT are expected to be made available next week.
This comes a month after the Government called for all games to be aired this season amid further delays to fans being allowed back in stadiums.
But there are critics for plans to change the broadcasting plans again.
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Football Supporters’ Association chief executive Kevin Miles has said: “Surely it can’t be the Premier League’s intention to drive fans towards the use of illegal unlicensed streams.”
With All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters chair, Ian Mearns MP, writing in a letter to Premier League chief Richard Masters: “I’m extremely disappointed to learn that the broadcasting arrangements seem set to return to normal for the coming season.
“This will mean that for many fans and season ticket holders, matches will take place involving their teams which they cannot view or cannot attend because they have missed out in the ballot or have underlying medical conditions.”
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