Premier League to broadcast 210 games live per season?

PL to broadcast 210 games live per season?
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The Premier League could reportedly make as many as 210 games a season available for live broadcast in the UK under its new TV rights deal.

The Premier League is reportedly considering making as many as 210 games a season available for live broadcast in the UK from the 2019-20 season.

The 20 clubs will meet with the league next week to finalise proposals for the next set of domestic broadcasting rights, which will be put out for auction in the next few months.

The league has previously promised that at least 190 of the 380 games a season will be made available for broadcast - a rise from the current 168 - and according to The Times, the final number could be as high as 210.

The clubs are expected to vote on three options - 190, 200 or 210 - with more games likely to mean more broadcasting revenue for each top-flight side.

A long-standing blackout rule means that no live football can be shown in the UK on Saturdays between 2.45pm and 5.15pm during the season, meaning that an increase in the number of TV games will result in more fixtures being scheduled outside of this window.

Among the options being considered by the Premier League is the introduction of a new Saturday night, 7.45pm game, as well as more matches in midweek and on bank holidays. The league is also open to the idea of two games being screened simultaneously.

Sky and BT paid a combined £5.14 billion for the current set of rights and are expected to face competition from a number of digital players, including Facebook and Amazon, when the new rights come up for auction.

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