Premier League clubs face a £ 750 million fine from Sky Sports and BT Sport if the season ends early with the coronavirus pandemic.
Top-tier clubs could get into an ugly battle with broadcast giants over a possible breach of their contract.
According to eeports, the Premier League has signed agreements with Sky Sports and BT Sport that commit to delivering a complete program by July 31.
However, this is now not possible with the season suspended until April 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Euro 2020 was being postponed for a year and will now be played in June and July 2021.
This should open the summer to allow the Premier League season to end in the months when the European Championship is to be played.
And clubs may also need those summer months, with the league at risk of suffering a heavy fine if the season is canceled or changes in August.
As part of the TV rights package – worth $ 3 billion over three seasons – Sky Sports has received 128 games, while BT Sport has 52.
Should broadcasters fail to achieve these results, the Premier League and its clubs will be considered to be in breach of their contracts.
As of now, Sky and BT do not appear to have started legal discussions.
But the Daily Mail says Premier League clubs would take no frivolous action – and are already planning their defensive case.
The report indicates that each club can be fined up to £ 37 million, totaling £ 750 million on the 20 teams.
And presidents are not willing to shell out such large amounts due to circumstances beyond their control.
Sky Sports and BT Sport may decide to drop it, however – with the former already informing customers, they will be able to pause their subscriptions.
After all, the current TV rights agreement ends in 2022 and broadcasters are fully aware that they will face more competition in two years' time, with people like online streamers like Amazon Prime ready to play more games.
This could also allow the blackout of Saturday's 3 pm games to finally be lifted.
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