Key points from Premier League meeting and the issues that are still outstanding
A lengthy meeting on Thursday saw a provisional date for the restart of the 2019/20 seasonby Josh Challies
Premier League clubs spent five hours on Thursday in a crucial meeting discussing the plans to resume the 2019/20 season and the issues that lie ahead, with key decisions being made.
The biggest news was setting a provisional restart date of June 17 and outlining the schedule for these matches, which will be spread across the weekend and every match will be televised - with the BBC and Sky Sports both showing some games free to air.
While some big decisions were made, there are still some issues that need to be ironed out and meetings will continue next week. Here are the key points and what is still left to sort.
Restart date decided
The season will restart with two rearranged games - Man City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United - on June 17.
But it will get going in earnest from Friday, June 19 with Sky wanting to show Tottenham v Man United.
- Monday: 20:00
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 18:00 & 20:00
- Friday: 20:00
- Saturday: 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:00
- Sunday: 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 & 19:00
All 92 games will be shown live on TV, with Sky having the majority, but are putting 25 of their 64 games on free to air.
The remaining 28, will go on BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the BBC, who are showing four live games for free.
The last time a live, top-flight league football match was broadcast on the BBC was 32 years ago, during the 1987-88 season.
“This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audiences," said Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater.
TV rebate to broadcasters
Clubs will have to pay back £340million, as the broadcasters no longer have the same deal as they bought.
Clubs have negotiated £170m to be paid back by August 2 with the rest spread over the next two years.
Bigger clubs will pay more as they had previously been given more TV cash.
Playing matches in neutral venues is still on the cards, with authorities believing that ‘key matches’ should not be played in the usual home stadia due to the risk of supporters gathering outside the stadium.
That could directly affect Liverpool, who may not be able to play at Anfield until after the Premier League title is mathematically secured, and London derbies could also fall into the same area.
What if the season has to be ended?
Curtailment was also discussed with unweighted points per game agreed as the way to decide the table if games are not completed.
They will vote next Thursday to formalise all matters and hope to convince the authorities to allow all games to be played in their own stadiums.