Amazon in talks with Premier League over showing further matches after restart


Amazon are in discussions with Premier League chiefs as they look to build on their success in streaming matches by gaining the rights to further games this season.

The technology company made history by streaming a number of fixtures earlier in the campaign, and the experiment received largely favourable reviews.

With the Saturday 3pm blackout to be lifted once football returns behind closed doors there are set to be more matches up for grabs for the likes of Amazon, BT Sport and Sky Sports.

The latter two channels already hold the rights for 47 of the 92 remaining matches in the division, but it looks like Amazon could be set to snap up a good portion of the rest.

More matches could be available on Amazon in the near future

They spent more than £90m on a contract which runs until 2022 which allows them to show 20 matches every season, but given the highly unusual circumstances due to the coronavirus crisis they look prepared to show more games this year than they were expecting.

Premier League clubs voted unanimously in favour of Phase Two of Project Restart on Wednesday, meaning the return of top-flight football looks to be creeping ever closer.

On Thursday clubs will hold crunch talks over a huge TV headache.

They face having to pay back £340million to broadcasters even if they finish the season and a staggering £762m if they cannot complete the 92 fixtures.

It appears all of the 92 Premier League games left will be available to watch on TV

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Premier League bosses are hoping to offset the huge potential costs with Sky, BT Sport and Amazon with a “strategy for rebate minimisation” and “enhancements” to the current broadcasting package.

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It is likely to be the most important item on the agenda for Thursday’s crunch meeting with the 20 clubs.

They will also look to set a return date with the Premier League originally wanting June 12 with managers pushing for June 26.





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