18 Oct

Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Mar 2020 8:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement Italy’s Serie A have already been playing matches behind closed doors (Picture: AFP )So far major sporting events in the UK have gone ahead as planned – including Six Nations games, Premier League matches and the Cheltenham festival.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveBut that could change depending on the outcome of the government’s Cobra committee meeting on Thursday morning, with a move from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase expected to see a ban on large public gatherings.The Premier League and Football Association have already been in discussion with the government and, according to The Times, the football season will not be postponed but instead played exclusively behind closed doors.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWhile the 3pm television blackout will still be observed on Saturdays – with officials worried about setting a precedent that would remove the protected slot – matches look set to be moved from that time period and live streamed instead.All Premier League season ticket holders, and individual match ticket holders, will be able to stream the games live from their homes.center_img PSG played Dortmund behind closed doors – though fans turned up anyway (Picture: Getty)Broadcasters will also be permitted to screen multiple games in the lunchtime and tea-time slots on Saturday, as well as on Sundays andMonday nights.Matches will be blocked from being broadcast in pubs, however, to avoid large public gatherings and will be threatened with the loss of their license if they flaunt the rules.The Premier League’s broadcasting contracts mean it would face a huge penalty if the season was terminated, hence the reluctance to follow the lead of the NBA and suspend the current campaign.MORE: Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus 48 hours after making light of the worldwide panic over the diseaseMORE: Diego Costa coughs on reporters after win against Liverpool amid coronavirus outbreakFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors as part of coronavirus crisis plan Matches could be played behind closed doors from this weekend onwards (Picture: Getty)The Premier League have put plans in place to live stream all matches played behind closed doors should the government decide to upgrade its response to the coronavirus pandemic.Football matches in Italy and France are already being played behind closed doors – with PSG beating Borussia Dortmund in an emptyParc des Princes stadium in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Juventus also took on Inter Milan in their Serie A title clash behind closed doors, with both teams now suspending training and going into isolation after Juve defender Daniele Rugani tested positive for Covid-19.last_img read more

30 Aug

Sky Bet’s international CoLab programme invests in first project

first_img StumbleUpon BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 The international CoLab programme of Sky Betting and Gaming, which aims to scout and invest in new ideas from start ups across the globe, has made its first investment in a project from and in-house team based in Yorkshire.The first idea to get the green light just six weeks after CoLab launched, is a product specific to the betting and gaming industry, that could see the company benefit from a £11m per annum reduction in customer churn.Tom Murgatroyd, Head of Product and CoLab Programme Lead, commented: “Sky Betting & Gaming is one of the fastest growing tech giants in the North because people join us knowing their best ideas are valued and supported to make a real impact on what we do. #RequestABet has already disrupted the online betting industry with personalised social betting. CoLab should help us continue to build on those kinds of breakthroughs.”16 start-ups applied for the programme with a higher than average number expected to have productive outcomes, including further commercial discussions and a second innovation day to refine plans. Overall, eight projects came from the UK, five from Europe, with the remaining from the USA, Israel and Brazil. CoLabs has not only opened up resources to early state start-ups from across the globe to apply, but also to internal work groups who have a clear route to seeing their ideas made a reality. PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more