The UK Premier League are working on a plan to restart the season behind closed doors, on the first weekend of May, in order to finish by the 12th July 2020.
This year’s campaign must be completed by latest 16th July, for The Premier League to avoid having to pay huge TV contract rebates – whereby Sky, BT and other International Rights Holders could demand as much as £762million.
The broadcasters are currently pressuring the Premier League to provide a sort of direction as soon as possible, as they are losing subscribers at a rapid rate and demand clarity with regards to when their schedules can return back to normal.
BT Sport is one of the broadcasters which could classify for a rebate
The proposed plan, which is to be discussed in detail in a video-conference with the 20 Clubs on Friday, would also need to be endorsed by the Government and the Public Health Authorities in the UK.
Resuming the Premier League on the 12th May would also be vital for many clubs, as that is when they are due to receive their final tranche of television money for the season, without which many will struggle to pay the players’ wages.