Furious fans react
Premier League supporters have today been greeted to the news that the landscape of TV coverage of England’s top-flight is shifting once again, with fans picking up the price.
Since the Premier League restarted in March, every game has been televised on TV by either Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon or the BBC.
The trend continued into the new term but, heading into the international break, the consensus amongst the Premier League was that a change was needed.
Clubs are in need of revenue with no fans allowed to enter the stadiums, the Premier League was reluctant to be handing out extra TV coverage for free and the broadcasters did not want to pay more for extra rights.
Like always, the solution was to head to the pocket of the already heavily spending football fan, with the Premier League launching a pay-per-view model that will see five matches a week not selected by TV broadcasters to be available.
That comes with a hefty price of £14.95 per match which, added to the hundreds of pounds fans are splashing out for TV subscriptions and the rest, is staggering.
Football has, of course, not been immune to the crisis and many clubs have had to lay off staff. Despite this over, over £1bn was spent by clubs in the top-flight in the recent transfer window.
This is, of course, during a period when the entire nation has been crippled by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis – with thousands being put on furlough earlier this year or losing their jobs entirely.
Fans will therefore be forgiven for not crying a river and frustration has boiled over following the latest announcement, which is a kick in the teeth.
The majority would prefer to be attending matches live, which they’re not allowed to do, and, with pubs in Newcastle closed due to local restrictions, Newcastle fans will have to pay £14.95 to sit at home – which is why frustrations are understandable, with many taking to social media to bemoan the news.
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