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Premier League looking to introduce late Sunday night kickoff?

Premier League looking to introduce late Sunday night kickoff?
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The Premier League is reportedly considering introducing a late Sunday night game from the 2025-26 season as part of its next set of domestic broadcast TV rights.

The Premier League is reportedly planning to offer an additional 50 to 60 games a season for broadcast in the UK under its next TV rights deal.

Such a move would result in 250 to 260 of the league's 380 games a year shown live in the country where they take place, with fans outside the UK able to watch the full set.

According to a report in The Telegraph, the notorious 3pm Saturday blackout is being preserved and as such, more games would likely take place on Sundays under the new arrangement.

The newspaper says that as many as four matches could be held on Sundays - with the most likely kickoff times being 12pm, 2.15pm, 4.30pm and 6.45pm or 7pm.

As part of the change the Women's Super League could televise games at 3pm on Saturdays, it has been claimed, to avoid competing eyeballs with the men's game.

The idea of a late Sunday kickoff could provoke some backlash from some fans, who may find it difficult or undesirable to travel home after 9pm ahead of a Monday morning return to work.

Currently Premier League rights are shared between Sky Sports (128 games), TNT Sports (52 games) and Amazon (20 games) but the increase in games available could see yet another player enter the UK market, with DAZN and Apple having previously been credited with interest.

Bidding on the rights is expected to open in October, with the new arrangement beginning in the 2025-26 season.

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