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    Football Supporters Association (FSA) campaign for live PL tv coverage of all games.

    https://thefsa.org.uk/news/fans-call...cast-deadlock/

    For anybody not aware of Sky Tv PL coverage season 2020/21 plans the FSA are demanding that all matches should be screened - not a chosen few.

    We (FSA) believe in these extraordinary Covid 19 times that Sky should allow all games to be screened for the benefit of football supporters & the football in general.
    MOT

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    Last week the EFL had announced it had struck a deal with Sky Sports to stream Championship/L1/L2 and League Cup games but the Premier League has refused to do likewise.

    Basically,the current situation is as follows.

    On Wednesday 19th August 2020 the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) had discussions with the Premier League which indicated that 160 of the season’s 380 games would not be broadcast live to UK audiences during 2020/21.

    This means regular match-goers will not always be able to watch their team as fans are not expected to be readmitted to stadiums until October at the earliest. Eleven games during September will therefore be played behind-closed-doors with no regular match-goers in the UK able to watch those games through legal means.

    From October fans are expected to be readmitted to stadiums but crowds will be severely restricted due to public health measures. The Sports Ground Safety Authority’s Planning for social distancing at sports grounds indicates that capacities will be restricted to between 17%-33% of current limits, dependent upon local implementation.

    If you are a regular match-goer or season ticket holder you are more likely to miss out on a ticket than be successful in the ballot. If you miss out on the ballot there is a very good chance you will not be able to watch your team live as 42% of the season’s games will not be broadcast through legitimate feeds in the UK. Fans will miss their team’s games.

    The FSA’s Premier League Fans Network finds this totally unacceptable.
    The Premier League and broadcasters are preventing UK fans from watching their team during a global pandemic. Supporters across the globe will have access to ALL Premier League games – the only fans the FSA knows of who will not be able to watch all live games are those based in the UK, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.
    The FSA has heard from season ticket holders who have not missed a game for 50 years, but have to shield to protect their health, and fear they will be even more isolated by the Premier League’s decision to restrict TV access to their team.
    Fans understand that the Premier League has developed a hugely successful media model and that broadcasters have their own interests. But that very business model will be put in danger if the Premier League takes a decision which will drive many fans into the arms of illegal match streams.
    Fans do not expect something for nothing. Free-to-air broadcasts during Project Restart were well received but fans appreciate they might have to purchase a new service and do not expect free access to all games.
    The EFL’s iFollow provides a revenue generating model which could be implemented by top-flight clubs. Media reports suggest the EFL has come to an arrangement with Sky Sports which allows clubs to stream their games to supporters, including Saturday 3pm kick offs, for a fee of £10 per game.

    The FSA supports a temporary suspension of the Saturday 3pm TV blackout and would be happy to review that periodically with other stakeholders such as the Premier League, EFL, National League, broadcasters, and DCMS.
    As a matter of urgency top-flight supporters urge the Premier League to resolve this issue. Do not stop fans from watching their teams during a global pandemic. It would be a disastrous decision by the Premier League and they must listen to supporters.

    ALAW - MOT

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    I don't understand all this. Here in oz the company with the premier league rights (i cant aford the fee lol ) shows all games. Doesn't sky show them all like if say 5 games are played at the same time you can choose which one to watch?

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    Oz mate,a bit conflict of interests for me this situation but briefly ........

    UK PL coverage actually got an extra 20 agreed for the 2020/21 season.

    However NO blanket broadcast as happened with PL restart in June 2020 despite behind closed doors matches being the 'new normal state of play' at the start of the 2020/21 season would you believe.

    The PL has now confirmed that the additional 20 matches will be shown by the 'various broadcasters' this coming season taking the total from 200 up to 220 for the 2020/21 season.

    Those 'broadcasters' will NOW show the 20 extra games with Sky Sports getting an additional 12, BT Sport six and Amazon Prime an additional two.

    When the current deal was originally confirmed for the period 2019-2022, for the first time a majority of Premier League matches would be shown live, with 200 of the 380 broadcast live in the UK.

    However, that has now been rewritten with at least 220 of the 380 Premier League matches to be shown on live TV in the 2020/21 season.

    The Football Supporters Association know that clubs tried to obtain permission to live stream games that would NOT be broadcast live by the main broadcasters (as EFL clubs do with their iFollow service) however this WAS blocked by Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime.Leeds United was one of those clubs.

    The group in Europe we regularly come over with are actually gonna meet up in Lille France once a month to watch Leeds games together 'via the box' to keep the commardre going until we see 'whats what'.

    MOT

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    Weird as. Here bt had the rights for the championship matches but only had like 3 games shown live and no replay of any other games so abit like you are experiencing.
    Optus Sports have the rights to the premier league and show every game live.
    Sky by the sounds of it are not playing nice.

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    This month the 28 games in PL will be televised free just announced

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    Oz,

    I'm with you on the confusion. Here in the US I can go to the local pub and every Prem game seems to be televised. They also broadcast them on 2 of the major networks although that's kind of random. some real groaners since Norwich, Bournemouth and Villa have to get their air time. Nothing worse than watching 2 teams park the bus and playing hoofball.

    I fully expect that we'll have more than our share of games shown. Just like scumchester, pool and Citeh seems to be on every week I think we may break into that rotation early this year if we play as good as we can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitestomper45 View Post
    This month the 28 games in PL will be televised free just announced
    If this is the case, I want to know why i am still paying my subscription to sky?,

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    Can’t see any sign of being on terrestrial tv free today ....

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