The Premier League has denied Leicester City TV the opportunity to show the game against Manchester United live on TV.
The foxes could be crowned as the new Premier League champions – something which seemed like an impossibility by year ago – with a win at Old Trafford this weekend. Given the unprecedented nature of the situation, Leicester City TV were hoping to gain access to the game in order to provide its supporters, who have been unable to get a ticket, with the opportunity to enjoy the occasion. However, the Premier League has agreed a deal with Sky Sports and it prevents the mass distribution of TV rights.
Sky Sports along with BT pay a large sum of money in order to broadcast the live games throughout the campaign. They hold the rights for broadcasting the games within United Kingdom, while international rights are being held by individual broadcasters across the world. The interest within the Premier League is so intense that the TV money has been growing with every renewal. Next season, the TV money will cross £ 5 billion just for the domestic rights. It is reported that even if BT were to show the live games, they will also not allow Leicester City TV to screen the event.
Just over 3000 fans have managed to get allocation for the away match against Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is keen to prevent Leicester City from being crowned as champions at Old Trafford. Even then, Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday night means that Leicester requires just three points to win the title from the three remaining games. They are now odds-on favourite to win the title after having been relegation favourites at the start of the campaign. The final match for Leicester is also away from home at Stamford Bridge.