The major Premier League decision which could impact Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham
Premier League clubs are being informed of plans for future broadcasting deals at crunch talks this week ahead of current deals expiring in 2025.
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Arsenal and West Ham could all see already complicated fixture schedules due to European commitments made even more controversial in the years to come.
All Premier League clubs are set to be affected by sweeping new broadcasting decisions as the division looks to broadcast an extra 50 matches per campaign from 2025 onwards.
Managers including Mikel Arteta and David Moyes are already disgruntled at the organisation of fixtures around their involvement in the Champions League and Europa League, as too are managers elsewhere in the Premier League.
Premier League clubs are set to receive an update on key talks around broadcasting rights today with increased financial handouts to clubs expected as a new fixture calendar is looked at.
The league's domestic broadcasting deals with Sky Sports, TNT and Amazon Prime run out in 2025. Those agreements are worth in excess of £5 billion and were rolled over from 2022 after the Covid pandemic.
The BBC reports that it has been suggested that to further increase revenue an extra 50 matches could be broadcast live in the future but, with Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters confirming there are no plans to remove the Saturday 3 pm blackout, those matches would have to take place in new time slots.
The Premier League currently resists having matches on both a Friday and Monday night over one weekend but that could change. Saturday and Sunday late kick-offs could also be more common.
Other models in Europe, such as the Serie A, also has an earlier 5:30 pm kick-off on Friday and Monday nights which could be an option - but would no doubt be unwanted by fans who may struggle to get to the game in time.
A solution to the issue is not believed to be close with the launch of FIFA's Club World Cup in 2025 another complication to deal with. That event will shorten the gap between the end of the next season and the start of the 2025/26 campaign to less than a month for some sides.
Clubs are also set to be updated on the distribution of funds with the Premier League and EFL reportedly reaching an agreement over the £130 million distribution package demanded by the government.
However, there remains some unsettlement over the dishing out of that money with EFL clubs reticent towards Premier League desire for it to be linked to performance as that would help relegated clubs, who already receive parachute payments. A meeting between the leagues was held on Wednesday with club representatives present to try and find a solution.