Premier League make big decision on Saturday TV blackout rule impacting Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs


The Premier League has decided that the 3pm Saturday afternoon blackout will remain in place from the 2025/26 campaign. Matches in the English top-flight that kick off at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon cannot be broadcast live domestically under current rule, something that has come under increasing scrutiny in recent times.

Fans have been calling for these matches to start being televised but the blackout will remain in place whilst every other match will be shown live on TV from the start of the 2025/2026 season. The number of games shown live will increase from 200 to 270 per campaign in its next rights cycle - the start of 2025.

This will also see all ten games on the final day of the season shown live simultaneously considering all of these matches will kickoff at 2pm on a Sunday. From 2025, there will also only be five live TV rights packages sold, replacing the current model that has seven in place.

The league's Invitation To Tender (ITT) process confirmed the news on Wednesday night. Last year, some reports suggested that the EFL were considering lifting the blackout from the 2024-25 campaign. EFL director Rick Parry confirmed he was 'open-minded' about changing this in 2022.

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“We are almost unique in Europe now in having a blackout period," said Parry. "I’m not presuming that it (3pm blackout) goes, but equally, if we’re looking at streaming, at new technologies and new broadcasters, we will probably have to be open-minded in terms of scheduling."

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