The major Premier League decision which could impact Man Utd, Man City, Newcastle United and rivals

Manchester United kick off at an unusual time this weekend but that could become much more common in seasons to come.
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Manchester United will kick off against Burnley at the irregular time of 8 pm on Saturday evening and that may become a more common occurrence in future seasons.

The unusual start time at Turf Moor this weekend is a result of an agreement with TNT to stop clubs involved in European football the previous Wednesday playing again in the early Saturday kick-off - something managers had voiced concerns about.

Erik ten Hag slammed a congested schedule last season and cited it as a reason for the injury to Marcus Rashford, but the Premier League is now looking to introduce even more unusual kick-off slots.

Premier League clubs are set to receive an update on key talks around broadcasting rights today with increased financial handouts to clubs expected as a new fixture calendar is looked at.

The league's domestic broadcasting deals with Sky Sports, TNT and Amazon Prime run out in 2025. Those agreements are worth in excess of £5 billion and were rolled over from 2022 after the Covid pandemic.

The BBC reports that it has been suggested that to further increase revenue an extra 50 matches could be broadcast live in the future but, with Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters confirming there are no plans to remove the Saturday 3 pm blackout, those matches would have to take place in new time slots.

The Premier League currently resists having matches on both a Friday and Monday night over one weekend but that could change. Saturday and Sunday late kick-offs could also be more common.

Erik ten Hag had previously vented frustrations about the fixture schedule (Image: Getty Images)Erik ten Hag had previously vented frustrations about the fixture schedule (Image: Getty Images)
Erik ten Hag had previously vented frustrations about the fixture schedule (Image: Getty Images)

Other models in Europe, such as the Serie A, also has an earlier 5:30 pm kick-off on Friday and Monday nights which could be an option - but would no doubt be unwanted by fans who may struggle to get to the game in time.

A solution to the issue is not believed to be close with the launch of FIFA's Club World Cup in 2025 another complication to deal with. That event will shorten the gap between the end of the next season and the start of the 2025/26 campaign to less than a month for some sides.

Clubs are also set to be updated on the distribution of funds with the Premier League and EFL reportedly reaching an agreement over the £130 million distribution package demanded by the government.

However, there remains some unsettlement over the dishing out of that money with EFL clubs reticent towards Premier League desire for it to be linked to performance as that would help relegated clubs, who already receive parachute payments. A meeting between the leagues was held on Wednesday with club representatives present to try and find a solution.