Premier League clubs have agreed a landmark deal that will have a profound impact on the TV experience of matches on television. They’ve agreed to give TV channels around the world more access to players, which means pre-match interviews and more insights and connections to bring the TV viewers closer to the game.
Under the new agreement, Premier League managers and one player per team will be required to conduct a brief interview when they arrive at the stadium. Plus clubs will have “mixed zones” after matches where the press can interview players. On top of that, clubs will be required to let one player each week be interviewed for 2 hours.
The move is seen as a way to satisfy rights holders around the world who are each spending millions of dollars to show the Premier League in their country. For viewers in the United States, the better access to the players and managers will hopefully make the NBC viewing experience even better when it kicks off on August 17.
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Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Premier League clubs agree to give TV channels more access to players — The Guardian
- Hulk claims Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign him from Zenit St Petersburg — Telegraph
- Manchester United set to sign Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela — Pro Soccer Talk
- Man City are trying to arrange a medical so they can complete the signing of Jesus Navas — Sky Sports
- Fernandinho wrote off £4m in bonuses to secure Manchester City move — The Independent
- John Terry isn’t guaranteed a place in my new Chelsea side warns Mourinho — The Mirror
- Everton’s Leighton Baines to be offered contract extension — The Guardian
- Norwich City have made an enquiry for Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey — The Mail
- Darren Fletcher plans inspiring comeback after second op to cure bowel condition — Mirror
- Swansea players give best value for money in EPL, says football finance report — The Telegraph
- Liverpool hopeful Daniel Sturridge will be fit for start of season — The Guardian
- Bill Kenwright admits Everton may be unable to keep Marouane Fellaini — The Mail
- Defender Nathan Baker signs new three-year deal with Aston Villa — Aston Villa FC
- Return to Newcastle Was ‘Living Nightmare’, Says Kevin Keegan — New York Times
- Cardiff City consider £2million bid for former Everton defender Joseph Yobo — The Mail
- Redknapp QPR quit threat saga rolls on as target Wayne Bridge joins Reading — The Mirror
- Warnock reveals ‘Shaun Wright-Phillips treated me with contempt … I was disgusted” — Mirror
- Football League clubs decide to keep faith in chairman Greg Clarke — The Guardian
- Steve Lomas accepts Millwall manager’s job offer — Sky Sports
Major League Soccer
- England players need tournament experience, says Stuart Pearce — The Guardian
- Argentina faces Colombia on Friday night in World Cup qualifying — ESPN FC
- England U21s are missing 17 eligible players at Euros grumbles boss Pearce — The Mirror
- Robbie Keane to make record-breaking 126th cap for Ireland against Faroe Islands — Telegraph
- U.S. can’t afford to have another disastrous Jamaica visit — Sports Illustrated
- Netherlands U21 3-2 Germany U21 — BBC Sport
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