£14.95 PPV games to continue despite opposition

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 12comments  |  Jump to last

The Premier League clubs have agreed to continue with their controversial pay-per-view scheme for matches not already selected for live broadcast in the UK. It will be reviewed again after the international break next month.

At a shareholder meeting on Tuesday, they agreed to continue the scheme for the next two rounds of matches despite claims that it has been a public relations disaster, with Sky and BT Sport opposed to it.

The decision to put games which would otherwise have not been televised on pay-per-view has been widely slammed by fans, with a number of supporter's groups organising boycotts and donating the £14.95 they would have had to pay to watch their team in action to charity instead.

The price has been broadly criticized, with calls for it to be as low as £10 or even £5 per game, and estimates of the number of fans tuning in vary from 140,000 for Arsenal vs Leicester City to only 20,000 for Leicester City vs Sheffield United.

Everton have yet to feature on Pay-Per-View since it was introduced earlier this month. The game on Sunday at Newcastle is one of Sky's Super Sunday scheduled games. Also, the game the following week against Man Utd is on BT Sport. The first Everton game schedule to be on PPV is away at Fulham on 21 November, by which time the price may well have been reduced to £9.95.


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Bobby Mallon
1 Posted 28/10/2020 at 03:10:39
Why the fuck are we playing Sunday again? We are not in Europe and neither are the Barcodes.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 28/10/2020 at 10:01:20
Hey Bobby – sorry, I moved your comment over to this thread.

I sort of understand a degree of frustration... but have to ask at this point what the issue is if no-one is having to travel? – All you need to do is turn on the TV at the allotted time. I know that is anathema to a small minority who resent what is going on in the world, but I've given up trying to help them come to terms with it at this point.

I think for the time being, we will all have to get used to our games being placed in any one of 10 different time slots on any given weekend. Purely for the needs of television. They are avoiding having any Premier League games overlap, which seems good for the serious football fans who may want to watch all, or as many of the games as they can.

I see nothing wrong with this myself. But then I saw nothing amiss about Project Restart when a multitude of fans on here felt the season should have been rendered null and void and the game suspended in perpetuity "while people were dying".

And the way things are headed with the ominous 'second wave' it looks like things are only going to get worse before they get better. I wonder at what point the calls will start for the Premier League to be shut down? Or will people accept that we do actually need to get on with life where and when we can, while continuing to take all necessary precautions at a personal level?

Tony McNulty
3 Posted 28/10/2020 at 10:13:32
If we continue in our exalted position as things move into the New Year, watch for the calls for this season to be declared null and void.

This will especially be the case if some of the "big six" are adrift near the bottom of the table...

Dan Nulty
4 Posted 28/10/2020 at 10:18:20
I will not be paying for this. I hope no-one else will be either.
Rob Halligan
7 Posted 28/10/2020 at 10:30:28
Michael, you might like to amend Leicester v Sheff Utd as well, as I don't think they have played each other yet?
Joe McMahon
8 Posted 28/10/2020 at 10:52:46
Nope, not paying additional to watch on TV. It's why I stopped watching Boxing. Yet again, British sports fans being ripped off.
Michael Kenrick
9 Posted 28/10/2020 at 11:30:38
Hi Rob,

That was from this story in The Mirror:

Premier League pay-per-view figures on Sky Box Office detailed ahead of Tuesday meeting

I thought it was odd they mentioned two Leicester games, but they also mention Liverpool vs Sheffield Utd getting more viewers, so I'm not sure which the other match was that only got 20k.

Michael Nisbet
10 Posted 28/10/2020 at 11:35:05
I don't see the problem with this. You'd be paying a hell of a lot more to see the game if you were going to the stadium. At this time when you can't go to the stadium, I think it's a good thing to have an opportunity to watch a *non-televised* game.
Rob Halligan
11 Posted 28/10/2020 at 13:06:21
Michael, the only game I can think of that only attracted 20K viewers, would have been the West Brom v Burnley game a week last Monday. I'm surprised that many would have paid to watch that as apparently it was a garbage match.
Michael Nisbet
12 Posted 28/10/2020 at 13:30:06
Yes, well it's fine to have the choice. If they weren't offering PPV for those games, nobody could see them at all (legally). With PPV at least you have the option of paying to see it if you so choose. I do think it's too expensive mind you. I'd suggest £9.95 would be a fairer amount which would get a bigger uptake.
Will Mabon
13 Posted 28/10/2020 at 13:41:37
The concept might work if the cost wasn't more than a tenth of what whole month home packages are.

As ever, the charge is simply too high, particularly at present. It's irrelevant to compare the cost of attending a game in person; two totally different things.

I think people may be cancelling their home deals more widely than is said and this is a grab at replacement revenue in lieu through fan enthusiasm.

Brian Wilkinson
14 Posted 29/10/2020 at 16:16:00
I agree about the price, considering they get the leftovers from sky and bt who pick the best of the matches.

In a time when many are finding money tight, a more realistic price could just work.

I still say Everton will have played a lot of their home games at home to the so called big six by December.

Plans are already in place at Old Trafford to allow safe distancing for a crowd of just over 20,000.

I can see this happening around February, when we have to play the big guns away.

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