As per the most recent broadcast rights auction, Sky Sports and BT Sport had already earmarked 17 matches for broadcast during the first three rounds of the forthcoming 2020/21 season in September.
Of the remaining 11 September fixtures, which were not originally due to be televised, Sky Sports will broadcast six matches, BT Sport an additional three while BBC and Amazon Prime Video will show one each.
Policy must be extended
The Premier League had previously stated that it would return to only showing selected games during the 2020/21 season in keeping with the most recent rights auction which saw Sky Sports purchase the rights to 128 Premier League fixtures per season, BT Sport pick up 52 games and Amazon Prime Video a package of 20.
However, the resumption of the arrangement applied to the conclusion of the 2019-20 season comes after supporters’ groups and the Government urged broadcasters to televise all top-flight fixtures while fans are unable to attend behind closed doors matches due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) campaign, #letuswatch, encouraged supporters to lobby their local MP for Premier League fixtures to be broadcast.
“It’s a step in the right direction but this policy must be extended through the season while games are being played in front of severely restricted crowds,” the FSA’s chair, Malcolm Clarke, said.
The Premier League is currently consulting with clubs and relevant stakeholders about arrangements for matches which will take place after 1 October.
The news comes after Sky Sports’ pub pricing returned to pre-Covid levels on 1 September – though customers who are not authorised to open due to local restrictions will be exempt according to the broadcaster.
What’s more, BT Sport recently announced its ‘Back to Business’ customer discount which will see a phased increase of partner payments.
While the broadcaster offered its service for free during July, and at a 70% discount in August, its discount dictates that customer payments will increase on a monthly basis until the end of year, when standard charges will resume.
September’s Premier League fixtures
Saturday 12 September
12.30pm - Fulham v Arsenal (BT Sport)
3pm - Crystal Palace v Southampton (BT Sport)
5.30pm - Liverpool v Leeds (Sky Sports)
8pm - West Ham v Newcastle (Sky Sports)
Sunday 13 September
2pm - West Brom v Leicester (Sky Sports)
4.30pm - Tottenham v Everton (Sky Sports)
Monday 14 September
6pm - Sheffield United v Wolves (Sky Sports)
8.15pm - Brighton v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Saturday 19 September
12.30pm - Everton v West Brom (BT Sport)
3pm - Leeds v Fulham (BT Sport)
5.30pm - Manchester United v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports)
8pm - Arsenal v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Sunday 20 September
12noon - Southampton v Tottenham (BT Sport)
2pm - Newcastle v Brighton (Sky Sports)
4.30pm - Chelsea v Liverpool (Sky Sports)
7pm - Leicester v Burnley (BBC Sport)
Monday 21 September
6pm - Aston Villa v Sheffield United (Sky Sports)
8.15pm - Wolves v Manchester City (Sky Sports)
Confirmation of broadcast selections for the remaining 10 fixtures in September will follow imminently, according to the Premier League’s website.