- Nov 3, 2013
I don't see the Premier League rushing to resume games without crowds. West Ham have an attendance of 60K. I believe the an average price of a ticket was £45. Gate revenue projects to be £2.7M per game. Obviously other clubs will generate less but a match weekend of 10 games would be expected to generate £20M. No reason to throw that revenue away because some want football back a bit earlier. It's also possible the Government will make some exemptions for major sports events, (and the airline industry).No professional sport, even behind closed doors, will be staged in England until 1 June at the earliest, the UK government announces.www.bbc.com
The bigger question will be what new rules are brought in for next season, (20/21). FIFA will want the delayed 2020 EURO Championship to be held in June/July. That will mean going through the next Premier League season at breakneck speed, with 3 or 4 games every week. I suspect the rules will be altered as a 1 season experiment. To limit injuries there could be 40-minute halves rather than 45 with 5 substitutes permitted per game. Teams could be also allowed to re-substitute a player who was taken off earlier. If the league doesn't make these sort of adjustments they won't get the games played in time.