The resumption of the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will be shown on BT Sport and Channel 5 from August 14th, with every match broadcast live. Matches will be played behind closed doors, and once crowds can safely return to stadia, BT Sport will revert to broadcasting multiple matches exclusively live per round.
In a new agreement between Premiership Rugby and BT Sport, fans can watch more live matches than ever before, including all six matches in Round 14. Four of the 57 matches in the remainder of the season will also be shown free-to-air on Channel 5.
BT Sport is also working with Premiership Rugby and its clubs to offer eligible season ticket holders free access to home Gallagher Premiership matches broadcast on the BT Sport App. The BT Sport Match Pass is designed for season ticket holders of participating clubs who do not already have a BT Sport subscription and can’t attend their home matches in person due to the current restrictions. Eligibility for the Match Pass is at the individual clubs’ discretion and is not determined by BT. Further information will be made available via clubs soon.
The 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season resumes with Harlequins hosting Sale Sharks at the Twickenham Stoop,and will end on October 24th with the final.
Premiership Rugby’s Chief Commercial Officer Mark Brittain said: “We are so pleased that our loyal fans won’t miss a moment of the action as Premiership Rugby returns on 14 August. Huge thanks to our partners at BT Sport for their collaboration to bring viewers the very best Gallagher Premiership Rugby experience possible, in what promises to be a compelling conclusion to the season.”
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, added: “The return of Gallagher Premiership Rugby is an exciting moment for rugby fans and we’re pleased to be bringing more Premiership Rugby than ever before to BT Sport subscribers. We are looking forward to broadcasting live domestic club rugby again and bringing new innovations to our customers to give them the best viewing experience. Alongside every fixture from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in August, live Moto GP and now live rugby, viewers will be in for a packed summer of sport like never before.”
BT Sport will present live coverage from the grounds, led by a team of rugby experts and commentators including Craig Doyle, Sarra Elgan, Martin Bayfield, Ugo Monye, Ben Kay, Lawrence Dallaglio, Austin Healey, Nick Mullins and Ali Eykyn. BT Sport will also make selected games available in 4K HDR via BT Sport Ultimate.
Premiership Rugby has also confirmed that the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season will start on November 20th, concluding with the Final at Twickenham Stadium on June 26th.