The Premier League have recently confirmed that all games not shown on Sky Sports or BT Sport will be available to watch on pay-per-view channels for £14.95 per game.
Their statement read: “The Premier League today (9 October) confirmed all fixtures until the end of October will continue to be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.”
“In addition, the five matches per round not already selected will be made available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, accessed via BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.”
With huge controversy surrounding the decision made by the Premier League, many fans and footballing experts took to social media to share their thoughts. Gary Neville slammed the League for its “really bad move”. Whilst others claimed that the decision was “unforgiveable”, arguing that the Premier League were “greedy” and “detached from reality”.
Lower league football clubs have also shared their opinions on the decision. Worthing FC, who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division argued in favour of supporting local communities, instead of billionaires.
Personally, I believe what the Premier League have done is ludicrous. With the current pandemic we are all living in, charging fans even more money to watch the sport that they love should be on the bottom of their priority list. Instead, they should focusing on getting fans back into stadiums. It has been reported that Parliament are debating the potential return of fans after a petition surpassed its target of 190,000 signatures.
All in all, it is clear to see that most football fans are not happy about the decision to charge £14.95 for non-televised games. A poll ran by SPORTbible on Twitter, about whether fans will be paying for the services, received over 45,000 votes with 96.9% of people voting ‘no’.
However, one thing is for sure, I can’t see the Premier League reversing their decision. I think they know there are people out there who will pay for the services. Fans desperately want to watch their team play football and they passionately follow their beloved teams, week in and week out.
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Last modified: 26th October 2020