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Premier League cut a deal to show 20 extra matches on TV in new season

The Premier League has announced that an extra 20 matches will be broadcast live on television this season after releasing the fixture list on Thursday morning.

The top-flight clubs have opted against televising every game as they did during Project Restart due to fears from broadcasters that wall-to-wall football would dilute their audiences and concerns over a lack of space in their schedules.

But Sportsmail has learned that some additional matches will be shown to compensate for the fact that fans will be prohibited from attending games until October at the earliest.

As Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday, a number of clubs had sought permission to stream non-televised matches on their websites using the iFollow service developed by the EFL in the hope of raising additional revenue via subscriptions.

But that proposal was blocked by an alliance of Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime who have collectively paid over £5billion over three years for the live rights to Premier League games.

Instead those broadcasters will be given additional games, with 12 shown on Sky Sports, six on BT Sport and two on Amazon Prime. 

Under the existing agreement Sky were due to show 128 games this season, with 52 on BT Sport and 20 on Amazon Prime. 

The Premier League has also announced there will be two additional midweek programmes next season.

One will take place across the weeks commencing January 11 and 18, and the second in the week commencing May 10. All of these games will be broadcast live. 

In addition to securing extra games the rights holders have secured another victory by ensuring that no matches will be made available free-to-air next season.

During Project Restart the Premier League bowed to pressure from Government to make live games more widely available by gifting four matches to the BBC despite that fact that they did not have any live rights, while others were shown of Sky’s free-to-air channel, Sky Pick.

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