Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace: BBC's first live Premier League game

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace will be the BBC’s first EVER live Premier League game on Saturday, June 20 during first weekend of action

  • The BBC will show Bournemouth versus Crystal Palace on Saturday, June 20 
  • Their first live match of Premier League era, with broadcasters finalising the split
  • Corporation have been granted four live matches that they can show free-to-air
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The BBC will show Bournemouth versus Crystal Palace on Saturday, June 20 as their first live match of the Premier League era, with broadcasters finalising the split of fixtures.

The corporation have been granted four live matches that they can show free-to-air when football comes flooding back following the shutdown — and the match from the Vitality Stadium will kick things off.

It will be the first live top-flight match on the BBC for 32 years. The last game shown by the Beeb was Tottenham against Arsenal back in March 1988 — a 2-1 win for the Gunners.

Bournemouth’s clash with Crystal Palace will be the BBC’s first live Premier League game

The BBC will air four live Premier League matches when the top flight returns on June 17

The kick-off time has still to be determined and so have the other three fixtures that will be shown on the BBC. The season will resume on Wednesday, June 17 with champions Manchester City taking on Arsenal and relegation-threatened Aston Villa playing Sheffield United, who are chasing the European places. The BBC have missed out on those fixtures.

Amazon Prime have now agreed to show their four Premier League games free to air when the season restarts. The gesture means 33 of the remaining 92 matches will be free to watch without the need for a subscription.

Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and the BBC have been negotiating who gets which games.

It is the first time ever that Premier League matches will be shown live on terrestrial television

Meanwhile, the Premier League will not stand in the ways if clubs decide to air their own friendlies. Sportsmail understands several broadcasters hold an interest in showing practice matches.

But it appears likelier that clubs will opt to make highlights available via their own in-house channels.

This would potentially avoid any controversy arising from the possibility of coaching staff from either side refereeing the games.

Liverpool gave fans a glimpse of their behind-closed-doors 11 v 11 game at Anfield this week. But some clubs, such as Manchester City, have decided they will not stage any friendlies.

Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe, said: ‘We will be making all four of Amazon Prime Video’s additional fixtures available free of charge.’




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