The PREMIER LEAGUE has announced a big change from next season, but fans fear “the country won’t be able to handle it”.
Only six weeks until the start of the new season, there are already changes for the 2024/25 season next year.
The Daily mail report that the Premier League plans to televise every Sunday game live from the start of this season.
The redesign is part of planned changes to the league’s broadcasting rights strategy, increasing the number of televised games from 200 to 270.
However, the changes mean fans must have midday and 7pm kick-off times to allow for the additional televised matches.
There will also be more Friday and Monday night games as part of the proposals.
The Premier League is keen to secure higher offers from broadcasters as their current domestic rights deal is valued at £5billion.
Clubs playing in the Europa League will benefit from the changes as they will receive £1million per Sunday game on TV.
However, fans aren’t convinced, tweeting: “Fans don’t want 7pm. This country cannot allow (the) travel.”
Another wrote: “They could achieve this by moving the ‘normal’ game time to 2pm on Sunday rather than screwing up away fans’ chances of getting home.”
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A third also commented: “The 3pm blackout has to stay in the stadiums because of the fans but on Sunday at 7pm the fans will stay there.”
Meanwhile, another argued: “We don’t want any changes to the time, we just want to get it all on TV. Very easily.”
The proposed changes will come ahead of the publication of the next tender document for broadcasters in October.
According to the report, the number of television packages available is set to decrease.
Instead, each pack will include more games, with the 20-game pack currently offered by Amazon Prime going away.
The Premier League are hoping this will increase the value of the deal they can agree to between 2024 and 2027.
Sky Sports and TNT Sport, formerly BT Sport, are expected to make big deals due to interest from Amazon, Apple TV and Disney.