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​Premier League Matches 'Could Be Shown On YouTube For FREE' When Current Season Resumes

​Premier League Matches 'Could Be Shown On YouTube For FREE' When Current Season Resumes

The Premier League season could make its sensational return on YouTube and fans would be able to stream live matches for free, according to stunning reports.

England's top-tier domestic league has been suspended since March due to the outbreak of coronavirus as Premier League officials work on plans to resume the season.

Under the current plans of 'Project Restart,' the Premier League's 2019-20 campaign could return on 12th June.

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However, matches would most likely be played behind closed doors and potentially at neutral venues in line with social distancing regulations currently in place.

According to The Times, all 92 remaining Premier League matches could be televised and some could even be streamed on Sky Sports and BT Sport's YouTube channels.

The newspaper added that talks have commenced between the Premier League and broadcasters over televising matches on YouTube.

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Amazon, which streamed live Premier League football earlier this season, would also show some matches as part of the plan.

The BBC would also be involved in the plan and would have the ability to broadcast more highlights programmes than they already do.

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The current Premier League broadcasters have argued that relegation from this season must not be scrapped, according to The Times.

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But The Times claims that eliminating relegation would lose 'some of the drama' from end-of-season clashes and broadcasters could argue that it is a breach of contract.

A source told the newspaper: "The idea is that all the games would be available somewhere to watch as they are behind closed doors and YouTube is the obvious platform to show some games for free.

"Amazon would have the ability to get some games as they are a live broadcast licence holder as well.

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"Both Sky and BT will be very unhappy if it is decided to scrap relegation. There are always some great relegation battles at this point in the season, which are brilliant entertainment.

"For example, Norwich have matches still to play against Watford, West Ham and Brighton. If there's no relegation, then they are meaningless."

League bosses are waiting on news on whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson will begin to ease the UK lockdown in the coming weeks.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Premier League, YouTube

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]