Controversial Premier League pay-per-view model likely to end after this weekend

Controversial Premier League pay-per-view model likely to end after this weekend

Fans needed to pay £14.95 to watch games not selected for regular television broadcast in the UK. The Premier League’s controversial pay-per-view model is likely to ditched after this weekend’s matches, the PA news agency understands.

It is understood the league is most likely to revert to the model which was in place at the start of the current season, where all matches were screened by one of the competition’s broadcast partners.

Further discussions must still take place with broadcast partners before plans can be confirmed, and pay-per-view is therefore not completely off the table.

The pay-per-view model was introduced for the games which followed the October international break, with fans needing to pay £14.95 to watch matches not selected for regular television broadcast in the UK.

The move drew immediate criticism from supporters who in many cases opted to give the money to charitable causes such as food banks instead.

PA understands any change would take effect from the round of matches on November 21, with a review of arrangements set to take place in mid-January.

Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters said last month £14.95 price “defensible”. While BT also defended it, saying it only covering its costs in screening matches.

Cont.

Pay-per-view model came in at a time. When the October 1 return of fans had indefinitely delayed. But when English professional game continued to lobby Government to allow them back in.

The country faces different circumstances now, with a new national lockdown in place from Thursday until at least December 2.

Model Premier League clubs are to edging towards. Would most closely resemble an arrangement which in place. When the 2020-21 season started in September.

All 28 matches in that month shown live. With all broadcast partners – Sky Sports, BT Sport, the BBC and Amazon Prime – screening matches.

Of the 11 games that had not selected for regular broadcast. Six were shown on Sky, three on BT and one each on the BBC and Amazon.

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