The Championship, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches will also be available to watch, either on Sky or streaming via the EFL’s ifollow platform.The blackout is an integral part of soccer broadcasting, designed in the 1980s to ensure that many soccer fields across the country were filled with spectators, who would otherwise not be able to watch the games live. Since fans cannot attend the matches anyway, the FA has agreed to a temporary lifting of the blackout.This represents a change of position on the part of the makers, who initially promised to honor the original contracts of Sky and BT Sports for the coming season, which means that 40% of the matches would not be available to watch live.
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However, major Premier League clubs feared fans would find ways to watch the game illegally and pressured Premier League bosses to come up with pocket alternatives.
All-match televising means that clubs can offer their season ticket holders access to watch matches through subscription platforms, as was the case during the project restart, when all matches took place behind closed doors. Other fans will also be able to pay to watch the matches, although the exact location where they will be shown is still unknown.
The effect of the pandemic on football has been huge, ranging from disorganizing schedules to pushing many clubs to the brink of bankruptcy, and it is essential that things get back to normal as soon as possible. This includes the television failure at 3 p.m.
Anyone who thinks that’s a guarantee as soon as fans are allowed to return to the stadiums need only look at how far football has come to have the five-substitute rule permanently changed.
When the season resumed in June, it made sense from a health and fitness standpoint to allow five substitutions, but no one ever said they wanted it forever. Fortunately, Premier League clubs recently voted against a permanent change in the law that would have given bigger clubs even more advantages and lost a lot of game time.
If the permanent lifting of the 3pm TV blackout is also put to the vote in the future, the clubs must also veto it. The additional income from television will be tempting to homeowners, but the loss will be felt in another way. Fewer fans will want to go to matches if they can stay home and see the action, which means more empty stadiums and lost revenue for businesses located around the pitches.
With capacity crowds far removed, lifting the 15 hour blackout makes sense for now. However, this must be a temporary change.
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