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Pandemic benefits & costs
Throughout the pandemic fans in the UK have been able to enjoy non-stop football with almost every single game being shown across some form of streaming platform or television channel.
It has not been a smooth process with the amount of money being paid controversially criticized by many customers, it has enabled for matches not to be missed whilst games are played behind closed doors.
£14.95 to watch a game on pay per view is disgraceful. £5, ok, but £14.95? It’s disgusting. At a time when PL clubs spent £1.2bn on players. When they’ll give agents £200m. When so many families are struggling. The creed of greed is in @premierleague DNA but this truly stinks.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) October 9, 2020
Whilst of course it has been nice to be able to watch almost every single game, the teams in the footballing pyramid, especially towards the bottom end, have suffered hugely because of losses in match day revenue.
Typically the UK has a ruling place in which no 3 p.m. kick-offs are to be broadcast in order to encourage people to go and watch their local teams play.
With the return of fans to grounds, this embargo is likely to be reinstated and therefore Premier League matches kicking off at 3 p.m. will once again be barred from being shown on television.
Illegal streaming battle
Due to this, with many supporters still wanting to watch their teams, not being able to attend matches due to distance and/or financial reasons, they will revert to finding illegal streams of the matches.
This has been a growing problem throughout the UK.
In 2017, the Premier League was granted a court order which was supposed to help crack down on illegal streaming and saw over 5000 IP addresses blocked.
Premier League director of legal services Kevin Plumb thought it would be a ‘game changer.’
“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes,’” he said.
“The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football.
“The ability that clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums, and to support communities and schools is all predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights.”
Yet streaming still remains rife and threatens to return in a big way.
European parliament ruling
Things, certainly from a European perspective, are supposedly set to change however.
The European Parliament have approved software which is designed to remove illegal broadcasts of games in less than 30 minutes of their start.
It is described as, “Just like you can’t enter a stadium without buying a ticket, same thing for the internet.”
The European Parliament has approved a new technology that will remove any illegal football broadcast in less than 30 minutes after it starts.
“Just like you can’t enter a stadium without buying a ticket, same thing for the internet.”
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) May 19, 2021
This is an European initiative currently and due to Brexit it is unknown whether this will cross over into the UK broadcasting sector but it can be assumed the Premier League will move to acquire similar technology in an attempt to curb the criminal entities.
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Premier League table
|1||Manchester City FC||37||46||83|
|2||Manchester United FC||37||28||71|
|4||Leicester City FC||37||20||66|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur FC||36||22||59|
|7||West Ham United FC||36||10||59|
|11||Aston Villa FC||36||7||49|
|12||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||36||-14||45|
|13||Crystal Palace FC||36||-21||44|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||37||-4||41|
|17||Newcastle United FC||36||-19||39|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||36||-37||26|
|20||Sheffield United FC||36||-43||20|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||22|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||22|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||17|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||17|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||16|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||16|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||14|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||13|
|Gundogan, Ilkay||Manchester City FC||13|
|Lacazette, Alexandre||Arsenal FC||13|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||12|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||12|
|Wood, Chris||Burnley FC||12|
|Iheanacho, Kelechi||Leicester City FC||12|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||11|
|Pereira, Matheus||West Bromwich Albion||11|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||11|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City FC||10|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United FC||10|
|Cavani, Edinson||Manchester United FC||10|
|Player||Team||Red Cards||Yellow Cards|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa FC||0||11|
|Maguire, Harry||Manchester United FC||0||11|
|Gallagher, Conor||West Bromwich Albion||0||10|
|Hojbjerg, Pierre||Tottenham Hotspur FC||0||9|
|Milivojevic, Luka||Crystal Palace FC||1||8|
|Lundstram, John||Sheffield United FC||1||8|
|Phillips, Kalvin||Leeds United||0||9|
|Luiz, Douglas||Aston Villa FC||0||8|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||1||8|
|Soucek, Tomas||West Ham United FC||1||7|
|Shaw, Luke||Manchester United FC||0||8|
|Xhaka, Granit||Arsenal FC||1||7|
|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||0||8|
|Andersen, Joachim||Fulham FC||1||7|
|Egan, John||Sheffield United FC||1||7|
|Holgate, Mason||Everton FC||0||8|
|Hayden, Isaac||Newcastle United FC||0||8|
|Dallas, Stuart||Leeds United||0||7|
|McGoldrick, David||Sheffield United FC||0||7|
|Reid, Bobby||Fulham FC||0||7|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||13|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||12|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||10|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||10|
|De Bruyne, Kevin||Manchester City FC||10|
|Rashford, Marcus||Manchester United FC||9|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||8|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||8|
|Harrison, Jack||Leeds United||8|
|Werner, Timo||Chelsea FC||8|
|Gross, Pascal||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||8|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United FC||8|
|Pereira, Matheus||West Bromwich Albion||7|
|Ward-Prowse, James||Southampton FC||7|
|Eze, Eberechi||Crystal Palace FC||7|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||7|
|Robertson, Andrew||Liverpool FC||7|
|Digne, Lucas||Everton FC||7|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||6|