Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace could become the most-watched Premier League fixture to be broadcast on television in the United Kingdom.
The Cherries’ home clash against the Eagles has been pencilled in for broadcast on the BBC.
It is set to take place at 7.45pm on Saturday, June 20, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The current ratings record stands at 4.04 million viewers for the Manchester derby in April 2012, which was broadcast on Sky Sports.
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace is likely to snatch the honour because it will be the first time in Premier League history that a match will be shown on terrestrial television.
All 92 fixtures left of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign will be broadcast on television because they will take place behind closed doors.
The BBC – who hold a rights deal to broadcast highlights on Match of the Day – have been awarded four of the matches.
“This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audiences,” director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater said.
“At a time when sports fans across the country are in need of a lift, this is very welcome news.”
The BBC last broadcast a top-flight league football match in the 1987/88 campaign.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker said: “That’s a first in Premier League history. That’s something for us to be excited about, actually covering a live Premier League game.”
Premier League watchers received a further boost after Amazon Prime announced they would make their four matches free-to-air.
Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe, said: “Like the rest of the country, we are excited to see the Premier League return to action.
“We will be making all four of Amazon Prime Video’s additional fixtures in the 2019-20 season available free of charge; fans will not need a Prime membership to view the games on Prime Video.”
Sky Sports will also make 25 of their 64 matches free-to-air.
The Premier League season will officially restart on June 17, with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United set to kick off at 6pm. Manchester City vs Arsenal will follow two hours later.
Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:31:00 +0000