The Premier League risk breaching their £3billion television contract for this season if the competition is not completed by the end of July.
Sportsmail has learned that, under the terms of contracts signed with Sky Sports, BT Sport and overseas broadcasters, the Premier League are committed to delivering a completed fixture programme by July 31, with the contract for the next season kicking in on August 1.
With all 20 clubs having nine or 10 matches of their 38-game programme remaining, as much as £750million of income could be lost, which will lend urgency to the Premier League’s attempts to agree a timetable for restarting the season at a meeting scheduled for Thursday.
The broadcasters have yet to demand any rebates as the top flight has only been suspended until April 4 but, with many clubs harbouring doubts as to whether the season will be completed, television executives are reserving the right to do so.
The Premier League’s priority is to get the season completed at some point to protect its integrity and to ensure broadcast rights fees are paid, despite dissent from some clubs who would prefer the campaign to be scrapped.
More should become clearer on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting, at which this summer’s European Championship is expected to be put back to 2021.