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Evening games on Saturdays?


Premier League clubs are considering playing games on Saturday nights with a 7.45 pm kick off.  Up to 30 more fixtures will be shown live in the next broadcasting deal which runs the risk of market saturation unless new formats can be found.

However, fans are unlikely to welcome the idea as it would make it more difficult for them to attend away matches without an overnight stay.

The Football League has no plans for a Saturday night slot as clubs fear it would reduce attendances.  This is less of an issue in the Premier League with stadiums at 96.5 per cent of capacity.

Broadcasters will be invited to tender for domestic rights either before Christmas or early in the New Year with the outcome expected in February.