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EPL Football Sets Sights On June 8 Kick Off

April 21, 2020

- Grant Whittington

The global sports betting industry needs premier league English football to return to normal nearly as desperately as what the world needs hope right now. The industry employs thousands of workers all in desperate need of crisis relief, not to mention even charities relying on a functioning industry’s capacity to pay taxes due to government. And now that the league has tentatively said that it hopes for a return-to-business date in terms of top-flight football being as early as June 8th, a new glimmer of hope shines radiantly on the sports industry’s crisis-clouded horizon.

The exact date as well as the levels of implementation will obviously depend solely on Government guidelines. The expectation is that the majority of sports will initially be played behind closed doors and with absolutely no fans present, so as to avoid a new surge of the present contagion. All participants will furthermore have to have been put through the due testing procedures so as to ensure that those active in play are free of infection. This will obviously only be achievable in the event that testing equipment becomes more readily available by the time June rolls around.

Fitness On The Double

There’s obviously also the matter of players having to return to proper fitness levels. The estimated time period pegged in terms of proper competition-standard fitness being attained by the majority of premier league players, is 3 weeks minimum. This is vital if the aimed-for 92 league matches have any hope of being completed in a period spanning as short a time as approximately 5 weeks.

What this translates into in terms of matches played per week, is a minimum number of at least one game played every 3 days, which is a gruelling schedule to say the least. But this won’t merely mean ramping it up on fitness, but also will necessitate the appointment and enlisting of more players than before. Which is of course a worthy mission given current unemployment ratings and a very desperate sports industry.

An Array Of Challenges

But fitness and additional appointments; alongside additional budgets for those appointments; aren’t the only challenges facing the industry right now. The time schedule itself is severely complicated by UEFA’s goal of completing its Champions League as well as its Europe League competitions in current season. Not to mention even the Football Association’s dead-set resolve as far as the FA Cup is concerned.

But then again, it’s entirely understandable that every league under the sun will want to return to a situation of reasonable normalcy as soon as soon as what time and resources and government guidelines and permissions warrant this from happening. The entire industry is in dire straits, with no one spared across the entire scope. Bookies, broadcasters, journalists and sponsors are all rallying behind leagues and players, each more desperate that the next to restore any form of income possible.

The Light Is Small But Bright

Five weeks’ worth of fast-paced league football may not at first consideration seem to be all that when compared to the incredible scope of the challenge facing the industry right now, but its at least some sort of a start. With that having been said, the income generated from a hurried but limited return will in all likelihood not even begin to scratch the bottom of the barrel in terms of what is actually needed to save sports’ sinking ship.

But a start is after all a start and what the league is planning to do may very well end up saving not only English premier football, but also the entire British sports betting industry. And that’s more than good enough at this moment in time.

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