Neville reveals Premier League, Sky Sports ‘masterstroke’

Date published: Friday 29th May 2020 11:59

Gary Neville Man Utd

Gary Neville has hailed the decision to make some of the remaining Premier League fixtures free to air as “a masterstroke”.

The Premier League revealed provisional plans for play to resume on Thursday evening, with June 17 mooted as the return date.

It was also agreed that all 92 matches would be broadcast live by the league’s partners – Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.

BBC will show live Premier League games for the first time ever as they have four scheduled between now and the end of the season, while Sky will make 25 of their 64 games available on freeview.

Neville praised that in particular as “a masterstroke” at a time the country needs a distraction and a morale boost.

“I think the thing for me yesterday about it was the fact that 25 games are going to be shown to everyone in the country,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s a huge thing to do, the right thing to do.

“Obviously, we work for Sky and know how important it is and how much Sky pay for the Premier League, but it’s also really important at this time to demonstrate an approach which is inclusive. I think that on Thursday, that was the masterstroke of the announcement.

“It allowed other broadcasters in this country to show games that haven’t even paid for them.

“We’re looking forward to it obviously with every game to be live, with games shown to everybody in the country which I think is going to be a huge positive.

“I do think that ultimately it will have a big impact and that’s a masterstroke of a decision to do that.”

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