DISCLAIMER: I write this post pretending that I do not watch streams of football matches at any time of the day, as that is
illegal highly frowned upon.
Any fan of the soon to be Cadburys Premier League will know the heartbreak of seeing the announcement of which monthly fixtures will be televised, and not seeing their beloved side playing against West Bromwich Albion being on the big screen. (Sorry WBA fans, just a good example innit).
But why exactly do Sky and BT not show these 3pm matches?
A strong argument I have seen circulating the World Wide Web is that having 3pm matches televised will stop people paying to go to the matches. What??????
As a season ticket holder I can confirm that if I found out every 12, 12:30, 12:45, 1:30, 3:00, 4:00, 5:30, 7:45 and 8:00pm kick off would be on Sky or BT it would not stop me being a season ticket holder. And it’s Everton I go to see roughly every other week, not Bayern Munich. (Though that would be cheaper, but that’s for a different blog post…)
Watching football in the ground, in the flesh, is a completely different atmosphere and experience to watching it on the television. Real football fans would not sack that off. However some fans do not have this choice. Regardless of the fact football is seen as THE working class sport, season tickets can be an unholy price in England, with Arsenal tickets being as expensive as £1000. What????
Though Sky is expensive
as fuck too, this is the only choice some avid football fans have of watching their team. There would be no harm in the capitalist bastards giving football fans more opportunities to watch The Beautiful Game™.