All Premier League games set to be televised with ‘3pm TV blackout lifted’

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Every Premier League game will reportedly be televised next season, with games continuing to be played behind closed doors.

As part of Project Restart, all remaining matches last season were broadcast live by Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or BBC to allow fans the chance to watch games while they were not allowed to attend stadiums.

With the season set to be played behind closed doors once more, the 3pm blackout is set to be lifted, according to a report from the Times.

The Premier League were looking to honour their existing broadcast deals with Sky and BT but that would have left 40 per cent of matches not available for live viewing.

As a result, there were concerns that supporters would turn to illegal streams to watch the games not broadcast in the UK.

It is up to the FA to lift the blackout and not the Premier League but confirmation of the decision is expected soon.

Clubs are expected to give season ticket holders access codes which will allow them to watch the games like they did for Project Restart.

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In the case of the Championship, League One and League Two, all games are also set to be made available for live viewing either on Sky Sports or the EFL's streaming platform iFollow.

EFL chief executive David Baldwin said: "There is no argument that attending live matches is what the League, its clubs and fans want to see and, clearly, the overriding objective is to get supporters back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so.

"In the meantime, this framework allows our clubs, if they so wish, to reward their most loyal supporters by providing what we hope is only short-term access to watch their matches.

"It's important that whilst the doors remain fully, or part shut, we ensure there is the ability for fans of all EFL clubs to be able to gain access and watch their team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sky Sports for their support in this matter.

"Collectively, it's not our preferred situation but given the circumstances Covid has presented us it gives us a temporary option whilst we finalise our plans for fans returning."

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