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Premier League resistance thaws on idea of a Winter break

Premier League resistance thaws on idea of a Winter break

The Premier League has confirmed it is "open" to the idea of a winter break and has held discussions with the Football Association (FA) and the English Football League (EFL) in the hope of finding a "workable solution" to ease fixture congestion.

But, as the BBC reports, talks have been ongoing for several months and, in regard to the winter break portion of the discussions, have been constructive.

Those winners of the UK TV rights are expected to be announced next week.

BT Sport and Sky Sports - as well as a number of other potential rights holders - are expected to see a restructured deal, with the Premier League seeking an increase on the 168 live matches now aired per season.

Others, such as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, are resistant to a winter break being implement however, while England manager Gareth Southgate believes a break would allow his stars to be fitter in a bid to try and end their 51-year wait for an worldwide trophy.

This will be the coldest Super Bowl ever
The sites of the next four Super Bowls are already chosen: Atlanta in 2019, followed by South Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles. MARTA expanded service for the college football championship game at the Dome, yet there were still delays.

This would not affect the traditional festive fixture list, though, with any potential interval coming in January.

That deal runs until 2019 with negotiations already under way.

The key thing to note here is that talks have centered around a break in the month of January, unlike winter breaks in the other four major leagues in Europe that begin in mid-to-late December.

The Hammers have moved to bring former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra on a free transfer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once said he would "cry" if a winter break was introduced, though his side played six games in 19 days during the latest festive schedule. In London, Jack Austin reported the current broadcasting deal expires in '19 and the FA "has previously said that a winter break like those in Germany, France, Italy and Spain is not feasible until then".


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