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Latest Premier League TV selections confirmed for April and May

The latest Premier League TV selections have been confirmed by BT Sport and Sky Sports for April and May, and some fans aren’t happy.

However the deadline has come for a batch TV picks to be made, so that clubs can inform fans, deal with tickets and sort travel arrangements out.

Take a look below at what has been chosen along with the rest of the season’s selected games for broadcast…

STATEMENT

The broadcast selections for Matchweek 37 as well as a new date for the postponed Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion match have been announced.

The Premier League understands the importance of these announcements to supporters and apologises for the delay.

Finalising these selections took longer than expected due to difficulties obtaining relevant local stakeholder approvals.

Kick-offs 15:00 unless stated. All times BST.

Thursday 18 May
19:30 Newcastle v Brighton (Sky Sports)

Saturday 20 May
12:30 Spurs v Brentford (BT Sport)
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd
Brighton v Southampton
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Wolves v Everton
17:30 Nott’m Forest v Arsenal (Sky Sports)

Sunday 21 May
13:30 West Ham v Leeds (Sky Sports)
14:00 Brighton v Southampton*
16:00 Man City v Chelsea (Sky Sports)
*moved as a result of Newcastle v Brighton

Monday 22 May
20:00 Newcastle v Leicester (Sky Sports)

ALREADY PICKED

Friday 21st April
Arsenal v Southampton (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Saturday 22nd April
Fulham v Leeds (12:30pm) BT Sport 1

Sunday 23rd April
Newcastle v Tottenham (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Tuesday 25th April
Wolves v Crystal Palace (7:30pm) BT Sport
Aston Villa v Fulham (7:45pm) BT Sport
Leeds v Leicester (8pm) BT Sport

Wednesday 26th April
Nottingham Forest v Brighton (7:30pm) BT Sport
Chelsea v Brentford (7:45pm) BT Sport
West Ham v Liverpool (7:45pm) BT Sport
Man City v Arsenal (8pm) BT Sport

Thursday 27th April
Everton v Newcastle (7:45pm) BT Sport
Southampton v Bournemouth (7:45pm) BT Sport
Tottenham v Man Utd (8:15pm) BT Sport

Saturday 29th April
Crystal Palace v West Ham (12:30pm) BT Sport 1
Arsenal v Chelsea (5:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Sunday 30th April
Fulham v Man City (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event
Liverpool v Tottenham (4:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Monday 1st May
Leicester v Everton (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Tuesday 2nd May
Arsenal v Chelsea (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Wednesday 3rd May
Man City v West Ham (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Thursday 4th May
Brighton v Man Utd (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Saturday 6th May
Liverpool v Brentford (5:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Sunday 7th May
Man City v Leeds (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event
Newcastle v Arsenal (4:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event
West Ham v Man Utd (7pm) BT Sport

Monday 8th May
Brighton v Everton (5:30pm) BT Sport
Nottingham Forest v Southampton (8pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Saturday 13th May
Leeds v Newcastle (12:30pm) BT Sport

Sunday 14th May
Everton v Man City (2pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event
Arsenal v Brighton (4:30pm) Sky Sports Premier League / Main Event

Sky Sports Premier League and Football channels are priced £18 per month combined, or viewers can pick up the complete sports package from just £25 per month.

NOW is essentially Sky Sports without a contract. Fans can pay for a day membership (£9.99) or month membership (£33.99).

BT Sport usually shows games in the weekly Saturday lunchtime slot. You can sign up for a BT Sport subscription or pick up a contract-free BT Sport monthly pass for £25.

Amazon Prime Video boasted two rounds of games prior to Christmas. Viewers were allowed to advantage of a 30-day free trial, which included free next-day delivery across the Amazon store.

Why is there a Saturday football blackout in the UK for live streams and TV broadcasts?

Since before the formation of the Premier League, Saturday 3pm kick offs have been forbidden to be televised in the UK, with broadcasters only allowed to show early and late matches on national TV.

Though the 3pm kick off is the slot in which the majority of weekend matches are played with a number of games happening at the same time, they are never broadcast live on television due to the ‘football blackout’.

The United Kingdom is the only place to prohibit the broadcast of 3pm Saturday kick offs.

The 3pm blackout is said to be tradition, with Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday – the go to show where a panel of pundits report in-game action to viewers with none of the match footage actually being showed.

This is also why ratings for Match of the Day remain ever-popular, though numbers are made tougher to achieve due to online streams, footage of goals appearing within seconds online and highlights uploaded to Sky Sports’ YouTube just after 5pm Saturdays.

Major European leagues in France, Spain, Germany and Italy don’t observe such a blackout, and there has been sufficient evidence to prove that closed periods do not affect the outcome of lower league football match attendance.

If anything, you’re more likely to watch more Premier League games if your based in North America or Asia rather than your own country (UK), despite the England priding themselves as a nation who are the home of football.

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In February 2011, Advocate General Kokott of the European Court of Justice launched an investigation into the “closed periods” and concluded that they did not affect match attendance at lower league games.

“It is, in fact, doubtful whether closed periods are capable of encouraging attendance at matches and participation in matches,” she said in a statement .

“Both activities have a completely different quality to the following of a live transmission on television. It has not been adequately shown to the Court that the closed periods actually encourage attendance at and participation in matches.

“No closed periods were adopted in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, or in Northern Ireland, that is to say, within the sphere of influence of English football.”

In 2016, Ofcom launched an investigation into the rights of televised football and surveyed football fans about whether they wanted to see a change.

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