Project Restart: TV broadcasters draw up epic football schedule with almost 200 games to be shown live

Sadio Mane celebrates scoring for Liverpool
Liverpool are top of the table (Picture: Getty)

Almost all of the remainder of the Premier League and Championship season will be televised, according to reports.

Football chiefs are pushing to receive the green light from the British government to resume action behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandmeic.

Boris Johnson has said lockdown measures will be relaxed in the near future and there are 200 games still left to play in the 2019/20 Championship and top flight seasons.

The Times claim Sky Sports and BT Sport plan to broadcast almost every game possible, with three matches a day at different kick-offs.

Usually there is a TV black-out for games at 3pm, but there are 98 games left in the Premier League and 108 in the Championship.

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There has been talk of matches airing for free on Youtube, as 45 of the 98 remaining Premier League fixtures are not scheduled to appear on Sky or BT Sport.

The British government are keen for football to return, as Health Secretary Dominic Raab offered his backing to Project Restart by saying it would ‘lift the spirits of a nation’.

Manchester United players celebrate a goal
Usually 3pm kick-off games are not televised (Picture: Getty)

There is a crucial shareholders meeting on Monday between the Premier League clubs where chiefs aim to reach a consensus on playing the remaining games at eight to ten neutral grounds.

Some clubs have expressed reservations about this plan, but Project Restart remains on track to kick off on 12 June.

The aim is to finish the football calendar by the end of July, but there continues to be concerns about the safety of resuming action.

Players will need to be convinced to go back to work having not played any football since March 13.

News that the German government have given the go ahead for the Bundesliga to resume in late May will serve as a boost to the Premier League’s chances of finishing the season.

Safety protocols are set to be presented to the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers’ Association before Monday’s shareholders’ meeting.

The Premier League plan to then present the safety measures to each team in a teleconference call, the aim being to allay any fears players, managers and club personnel might have.

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