Premier League in talks to show games on free-to-view channels

first_img Culture secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed today that the top flight is considering showing games on free-to-view channels such as the BBC and ITV. The Prem could be shown on these channels to stop people from going to their mates’ houses to watch. Premier League football is shown on Sky Sports and BT Sport here – which both require expensive subscriptions. Asked about the prospect of footie being shown on free-to-air TV, Mr Dowden, speaking today at a meeting of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee, said: “It’s a very good point and I’ve raised exactly this challenge to the Premier League in the conversations I had with them. “I have said to the Premier League in particular… I think it wouldn’t send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume behind closed doors and the public at large couldn’t have access to it. “I appreciate that sports are reliant on the revenue they derive [from subscriptions] so I don’t want to issue some blanket mandate on trying to change things round. “But they are mindful and there are different ways you can protect revenue from broadcasting but also look at ways of increasing access. “I have urged them to do that and that’s what they are considering. “They need to be mindful of access points but that doesn’t have to be just in the form of going onto traditional terrestrial channels or, indeed, showing all of matches. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Premier League is in talks with the government over showing live football on terrestrial TV when the season resumes. “There are all sorts of creative options and I think it’s something they should consider and they have said they are considering it. “I’ll put it no more strongly than that.” The Premier League season – currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic – could resume as early as June 8. But the government has warned football will not be given any special treatment and players and staff would still need to be tested before play resumes. SunSport of UK told you top-flight clubs plan to return to training on May 9 after informing their players to get ready to go back to work. But Premier League chiefs insist no play will happen until it is “safe to do so” and they continue to follow government advice. When football does return, reports have claimed some four games a day could be played behind closed doors at Wembley. Mr Dowden also said finishing the Premier League season was vital for helping the finances of lower league teams because it would allow the transfer window to open and would enable money to trickle down the football pyramid. He said: “I think the financial reality for most clubs is their biggest source of income is the direct transfers that they get from the Premier League. read also:EPL clubs committed to finishing season, but no deadline set “So if we got the Premier League running in some way behind closed doors then that would massively relieve the pressure on all the other clubs because there is that transfer of wealth between them.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Anthony Davis sidesteps question on long-term future with Lakers

first_img 3 takeaways from Anthony Davis’ introductory press conference with Lakers Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins thrilled to be back with Anthony Davis: ‘We never wanted it to end’ “When I got traded here, my goal is to bring a championship here with the team that we have. And when that time comes around next year, then you can ask me that question and we’ll revisit it.”Right now, my focus is on this year, and trying to figure out how I can help this team, and help the organization become a championship team.”Watch out, league. He’s here. pic.twitter.com/0BUDIFYgEf— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 13, 2019The Lakers failed to acquire Davis from the Pelicans before last season’s trade deadline but general manager Rob Pelinka eventually got his man in July.Los Angeles traded away Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks for Davis, who was selected first by the Pelicans in 2012. The six-time All-Star is entering the final year of his contract and while many think he will re-sign with the Lakers, Davis gave nothing away during his introductory news conference.”Honestly, I’m focused on this season,” Davis told reporters in Los Angeles on Saturday. Related News Lakers GM Rob Pelinka on missing out on Kawhi Leonard: ‘You just don’t look back’ All eyes on these two pic.twitter.com/vNvF0XzJdQ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 14, 2019″Obviously it was tough for me to leave a city that I’ve been playing for for seven years, but I think it was best for me, and it was my time,” the 26-year-old Davis said.”But when I found out I was getting traded to the Lakers, I realized it was an unbelievable opportunity for me to be here with a wonderful organization, and then to play alongside LeBron and obviously now the players that we have now … to get the opportunity to do that and come here and play for an organisation that’s all about winning — forget winning, winning championships, and that’s the only goal — I think that was the biggest thing for me.”Just the relief there, of not knowing the unknown anymore, and knowing where I was going to be next season.” Anthony Davis did not publicly commit his long-term future to the Lakers after teaming up with LeBron James.Davis swapped the New Orleans Pelicans for the Lakers via trade earlier this month as he tries to lead Los Angeles to the playoffs for the first time since 2012-13.last_img read more