Eredivisie champions will be crowned... on Sportdigital simulation
Sportdigital, the German subscription sports television and internet broadcaster, has teamed up with sports simulation firm AccuScore and video game manufacturer Konami to crown unofficial champions of the Eredivisie, after the 2019-20 Dutch soccer season was declared null and void because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sportdigital Fussball holds Eredivisie rights in Germany in a deal with the IMG, the league's international media rights partner.
With the 2019-20 season having been abandoned in late April with Ajax and AZ Alkmaar (pictured together) tied at the top of the table, Sportdigital will now broadcast a simulation of the remainder of the campaign.
AccuScore will provide game data to predict the results of the remaining eight rounds of Eredvisie fixtures, while Konami, which produces the Pro Evolution Soccer series, will provide virtual images for the games. The virtual clips will be mixed with real game images from the Eredivisie.
The eight remaining match days will be summarised in four 'live' broadcasts with selected highlights and discussed with experts every Saturday at 2.30pm (CET), beginning 6 June.
The KNVB, the Dutch soccer association, called an end to the season after the Netherlands government extended a ban on major events until 1 September because of the virus.
No title was awarded and promotion and relegation between the top flight and second division was scrapped.Live soccer has returned to the screens of Sportdigital Fussball in the shape of South Korea's K League, Poland's Ekstraklasa and the Czech Republic's Fortuna Liga, with Portugal's Liga NOS to resume tomorrow.