Coronavirus: Premier League 4 April return hard to imagine - Brighton chief executive

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2020

Sky, DAZN and other media companies collectively pay more than €6 billion (S$9.4 billion) a year to show Europe's most prestigious football teams in action. The FA do have m oney, not as much to support every club in the country, but they could help.

Yes, the broadcasters are covered by their contracts' terms and conditions, but an unprecedented situation demands an equivalent response - one which, so far, doesn't look likely. Here's why, from a football fan's perspective, the prospect of continuing to pay that hefty monthly premium just doesn't add up.

The Spanish shot-stopper has also been criticised for his position on Llorente's second goal minutes later and former Reds defender Steve Nicol feels the Premier League leaders would have progressed had Adrian not committed the errors. "If the Coronavirus is still spreading rapidly, football can not resume".

"The one benefit we do have as a football club is that we do have a healthy bank balance and we can sustain the loss of income, but I do worry about other clubs and the state they will be in".

Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

Elsewhere, the National League are going ahead with the fixtures, but the Isthmian League - the level below - have called their games off for a week. Manchester United are in fifth position. "You would have broadcasters from all around the world saying, "In that case we are not paying for the season", a senior broadcasting figure told The Times.

The youngest player ever to reach 250 Premier League games is Wayne Rooney, the forward's breakthrough at Everton having been one of the most exciting of the modern era.

Thrust into the spotlight as a 16-year-old, Rooney's stunning late victor to end Arsenal's 30-game unbeaten run in 2002 made him a national star overnight, becoming the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history - a record since twice surpassed by James Milner and James Vaughan.

But with Super League now set to continue, Sky have made the move to broadcast the game and will show in on Sky Sports Main Event, their major sports channel.

Neither Sky or BT Sport have made any commitment to refunding subscription costs - and when we asked whether there were any plans to do so, both broadcasters made nearly identical announcements. This is a pandemic, a situation none of us had experienced before now.

As it stands, though, a resumption of matches early next month seems unlikely at best.

To get around the relegation issue, he suggests the possibility of no relegation for this season, promote the two Championship clubs in the automatic promotion places, then have 22 clubs next season in the Premier League with four going down and only two coming up again.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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