The Premier League has announced that all of its September fixtures will be broadcast in the UK with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and the BBC being allocated games.
As a result of the need agreement, Sky Sports will broadcast an additional six fixtures with BT Sport acquiring an extra three games. Additionally, both the BBC and Amazon Prime Video have been provided with one game each. These broadcasts have been added to the previously allocated 17 live fixtures that were already confirmed to be aired.
Free-to-air broadcaster the BBC has confirmed that its allocated game will be the 7pm kick-off between Leicester and Burnley on September 20.
Moreover, the league organisers are also in discussions with BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT to agree similar agreement for radio distribution.
It was reported last month that the Premier League was looking to secure additional broadcast deals with its existing rights holders to air all its games whilst crowds are still unable to go to matches. This means that the 3pm blackout has been lifted for the second time since ‘Project Restart’.
However unlike last season, the Premier League has not asked broadcasters to make some of the games free-to-air, which ultimately resulted in Sky Sports airing some fixtures on Pick.
The Premier League has also confirmed that it is ‘in consultation with all relevant stakeholders’ regarding ‘appropriate arrangements’ that will take place after October 1, which means that plans are seemingly being put in place if crowds cannot be allowed back into grounds next month.
A Premier League spokesperson stated: “At a Premier League Shareholders’ meeting today, clubs agreed that all 28 matches scheduled to be played in September will be broadcast live in the UK, via the League’s existing broadcasting partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.
“The Premier League is working on a step-by-step approach, while monitoring the developments regarding the League’s number one priority of getting fans back into full stadiums as soon as possible, with safety always being our priority.”