A motion to scrap pay-per-view (PPV) broadcasts could be tabled at a Premier League meeting on Thursday.
The Telegraph report that a number of clubs are keen to pull the plug on the service following the announcement of a second lockdown in England.
Pay-per-view has been a controversial introduction that has seen many fans boycott broadcasts in favour of donating money to charity.
Whilst average viewing figures of around 39,000 per match are said to be marginally above the Premier League’s target, clubs are reportedly wary of the PR headache that will come with charging fans extra money during a second lockdown.
Aston Villa’s 4-3 defeat against Southampton on Sunday was their third match in a row on the PPV service – costing £14.95 each time – after the Leicester City and Leeds United fixtures.
Next weekend’s trip to Arsenal is also on Sky Sports Box Office meaning supporters paying for Villa matches would have had to fork out £59.80 since the scheme launched last month, leading to anger among the fanbase.
It had been agreed that the £14.95 price would be continued until the November international break, but plans to discuss this will now be brought forward to Thursday.
The deal looks set to either be reduced by £5 or even scrapped, with Newcastle United, West Ham United and Leicester City all speaking out against the service.
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BT Sport and Sky Sports are both reportedly happy to see the scheme scrapped in exchange for showing matches to subscribers at no extra cost.
A move to show every game at no extra fee would mirror the Premier League’s decision to do similar during Project Restart last season – although some matches were also shown for free on BBC and Amazon Prime.
Currently, there are five matches scheduled to be shown behind a paywall next weekend ahead of the international break.
Yet a decision to scrap pay-per-view could well see these matches made available to fans at no extra cost ahead of the planned review later in November.
Villa boss Dean Smith said this week that the late scheduling of top-flight fixtures for TV slots is causing disruptions to planning on the training ground.