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Premier League 3pm blackout looks set to be scrapped for 2020/21 season

By 8th September 2020 One Comment

The long-standing 3pm blackout is likely to be lifted while fans aren’t able to attend games.

Premier League clubs are reportedly on the verge of agreeing that all matches should be shown on TV until fans can return to stadiums.

This would be a continuation of the lifting of the long-standing 3pm blackout, which was first lifted to televise all games during the return of the Premier League 2019/20 season.

The 3pm blackout exists to eliminate the negative effect on the attendances of other football league games that are not being televised.

But, with fans not able to attend any games, there seems little point in maintaining the 3pm blackout, especially when the enforcement of it will mean fans won’t be able to watch many of their team’s games live at all.

As it currently stands, 17 of the opening 28 games will be shown on Sky Sports or BT Sport. 11 games will not be available to watch anywhere live in the UK.

Under proposals that are likely to be confirmed today, according to a report in The Sun, these 11 games are likely to be split between different broadcasters, including free-to-air on the BBC.

The Premier League 2020/21 fixtures (September 2020) as they currently stand
Saturday 12 September 2020
12:30 Fulham v Arsenal (BT Sport)
15:00 Crystal Palace v Southampton
15:00 West Ham v Newcastle
17:30 Liverpool v Leeds (Sky Sports)
Sunday 13 September 2020
14:00 West Brom v Leicester (Sky Sports)
16:30 Spurs v Everton (Sky Sports)
Monday 14 September 2020
20:00 Brighton v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
20:00 Sheffield Utd v Wolves
Saturday 19 September 2020
12:30 Everton v West Brom (BT Sport)
15:00 Leeds v Fulham
15:00 Leicester v Burnley
17:30 Man Utd v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)
Sunday 20 September 2020
12:00 Southampton v Spurs (BT Sport)
14:00 Arsenal v West Ham (Sky Sports)
14:00 Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd
14:00 Newcastle v Brighton
16:30 Chelsea v Liverpool (Sky Sports)
Monday 21 September 2020
20:00 Wolves v Man City (Sky Sports)
Saturday 26 September 2020
12:30 Brighton v Man Utd (BT Sport)
15:00 Burnley v Southampton
15:00 Crystal Palace v Everton
15:00 Spurs v Newcastle
15:00 West Ham v Wolves
17:30 West Brom v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Sunday 27 September 2020
12:00 Sheffield Utd v Leeds (BT Sport)
14:00 Fulham v Aston Villa (Sky Sports)
16:30 Man City v Leicester (Sky Sports)
Monday 28 September 2020
20:00 Liverpool v Arsenal (Sky Sports)

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