The current delay to the Premier League could have far-reaching consequences, given that both Sky and BT, the two UK broadcasters that show live matches from England’s top flight, are preparing to fine the EPL’s member clubs in the region of £750m collectively.

 

If the season fails to finish for any reason by July 31, then, according to the terms of the contracts in place, Sky and BT will look for appropriate recompense.

All games are currently suspended until at least April 3, meaning, in a best case scenario, the 92 Premier League fixtures that are left to be completed, will have just under four months to be finished.

The likelihood of any games being played from the beginning of April is looking remote at this stage, in any event.

The current broadcasting deal in place is worth £5bn, and this would translate to an approximate bill of £37m for each of the 20 Premier League clubs if no more matches in the 2019/20 season are televised.

Clearly, there are some clubs that could absorb such a financial hit better than others, notwithstanding that they too wouldn’t be best pleased with such an arrangement.

However, the elephant in the room is wariness of damaging relationships with broadcasters ahead of the next rights cycle in two years’ time.

EFL’s Black Hole

The English Football League are the governing body for the three professional tiers below the Premier League, and they’ve been asked to urgently address a £50m black hole that will exist for League One and League Two clubs if their seasons also cannot be completed.

Given that they receive far less of the pie than their Premier League counterparts, they will potentially fare far worse with a lack of TV coverage, not to mention the hit they will also take from match day earnings.