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    Quote Originally Posted by Gegenpressing View Post
    Teams are scared of being relegated from the league, because of the money they would lose, which leads to the crap football on show.
    yep, which will only make the situation worse as years go by and eventually will reach a breaking pointwhere it really damages the league.
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    Saturday 3pm television blackout remains a contentious issue - but it is undeniably outdated
    Chris Bascombe 18 FEBRUARY 2018 • 6:32PM

    Another round of broadcasting deals announced; another groan of disappointment is heard across the country.

    Yet again executives have agreed a series of kick-off times to be televised with the exception of the most obvious. There is no sign of the archaic prohibiting of live games between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturday being lifted.

    The argument protecting the blackout – first successfully presented by ex-Burnley chairman Bob Lord in the 1960s – says live games in these hours threaten attendances across the country.

    If he were around, Lord may feel his stance misappropriated when he sees the FA Cup Fifth Round weekend consisting of just two 3pm kick-offs. Smell that tradition. The broadcasters’ natural response to being forbidden from screening the most attractive games at a conventional time is to ensure there aren’t any.

    The Premier League say attendance figures are in such good health in all divisions shifting policy makes no sense, also arguing grassroots football is played mostly during TV blackout hours. The Football Supporters Federation does not support ending the blackout, preferring less TV football.

    So instead, we persist with slots like the wretched and atmosphere-slaying 12.30pm. One hoped the introduction of Saturday evening football might end early afternoon nonsense. And one hoped 20 Premier League chairman could still come up with a plan to ensure their fans’ insatiable appetite to see all their team’s games – whenever they are played - are satisfied.

    There are four ways to watch your side at 3pm on Saturday:

    -Option one is buy a ticket (increasingly difficult at the bigger clubs).
    -Option two is break the law and watch an illegal stream (increasingly difficult since a High Court ruling blocked internet service providers from making them accessible).
    -Option three is find an establishment willing to risk prosecution and a fine by broadcasting a banned feed.
    -Option four is get on a plane to one of those countries with those international broadcast rights.

    If you are within a mile of a venue hosting an English professional game at 3pm on Saturday you are stuffed, but if you are prepared to pay a few hundred quid to fly to, say, Dubai it is fine.

    Some pubs believe broadcasters, or even the Premier League themselves, dispatch ‘spies’ around the country to ensure the blackout is protected. Last season 650 pubs were accused of copyright infringement by the Premier League.

    Despite the consensus between the football authorities and fans’ groups, the inability to tune in at 3pm on a Saturday – a particular frustration when your favourite team are away – will remain contentious. Some opposition is well-meaning but outdated.

    There must be a solution. Could granting a licence to pubs already paying Sky/BT subscription fees – giving them software to broadcast 3pm feeds for an extra cost – work?

    The leading clubs’ preference is eventually to use their own channel. This is a thorny issue, the smaller Premier League clubs suspicious of those at the top cashing in as they attract more subscribers.

    A future TV deal allowing broadcasters to bid for a package offering streams to all live games at 3pm, benefiting all top-flight clubs, has to be a consideration.

    Maybe Bob Lord would spin in his grave at that thought of more TV football, but as we are still dancing to a tune of a technophobe who banned ‘Match of the Day’ from Turf Moor for its first five years, maybe the voice of a man once described as ‘the Khrushchev of Burnley’ is not the most appropriate in 2018.
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