“More free-to-air matches” to be available under project restart plans

Chelsea could soon be back on our television screens as soon as the middle of next month.

According to the Government’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, ‘good progress’ is being made for the plans of project restart and we could see football return in this country in the middle of June, as long as all safety measures are adhered to.

Of course there is a little way to go yet with more meetings planned and training protocols to be agreed, but it does look quite promising that the Premier League could soon be back.

We will have to accept only watching on the TV for now as no fans will be allowed inside the stadium. But Dowden has also revealed that the plans are for their to be more ‘free-to-air’ matches made available for project restart, giving more fans the chance to watch games without the need to pay subscriptions.

As reported by The Daily Mirror, Dowden said:

“I’m hoping we can have something a bit more ambitious with some more free-to-air matches for people to watch from home because that would be helpful in terms of discouraging people from leaving their home to watch it.

“There are various options. It wouldn’t all be free to air, but for example there is a rule at the moment that at 3pm you can’t show matches on TV because people were watching it in the football stadiums.

“Clearly that’s not going to be the case any more so some of those slots may be available for free to air so we’re looking to see whether we could do that as part of the wider broadcast package.

“It wouldn’t be all of it because a lot of these already have the rights sold.”

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