The English Premier League is set to return next month with a huge increase in the number of games screened on television expected.
The British domestic football league gave the greenlight to return, known as Project Restart, at a shareholders meeting.
It means that Liverpool looks set to be crowned champion – their first top flight domestic title in 30 years.
The first game back is expected to be on June 17 with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal before a full fixture list is played on the weekend of June 19-21.
It is expected that all ten matches per matchweek will be televised – a boon for football fans. As it stands, Sky and BT Sport have the rights to 47 games with the remaining 47 games expected to be shared between the Comcast-backed pay broadcaster, BT as well as Amazon and the BBC. The games will take part without fans as per COVID-19 guidelines.
In the U.S., games are shown across NBC, CNBC and NBCSN.
The Premier League was suspended on March 13 due to COVID-19. Earlier this week, the clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training.
It comes after the German Bundesliga resumed with games behind closed doors.
Liverpool is currently 25 points clear at the top of the table with Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City in the relegation places.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said, “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority. Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.”
“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home. We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season,” he added.
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