Purely Hypothetical at this stage but I've had a think as to how a complete weekend of PL matches could be televised without encroaching on the 3.00pm slot
That may be within the letter of the law, but I don't think it's within the spirit of it. If in the end you're just saying Premier League matches can be at any time of the weekend apart from 3pm on Saturday, the whole concept of the blackout just becomes ridiculous, a token gesture. And Saturday 3pm hasn't become the familiar kick-off time just by chance - it's the most convenient time for clubs and fans alike and when people want to watch football. I don't think you'd get much of a positive response from fans if you told them that Premier League matches would now never be at 3pm on a Saturday. OK, I know most of the big clubs barely play there, but there was a banner at Palace this week complaining about Amazon fiddling about with the kick-off times, and that was because it kicked off at 7.30 rather than the more familiar 7.45. But that was clearly less convenient for many fans.
I've said this before but there's absolutely no benefit for lower league clubs if they're the only teams playing at 3pm on Saturday. At the moment they benefit from casual fans tuning in to Soccer Saturday and Final Score for Premier League news and getting the lower league news as well. It gives them additional exposure. If there wasn't the Premier League at the same time people wouldn't tune in at all. You can already see that on international weekends when the audience for Soccer Saturday plummets. That's not protecting the lower leagues, that's hindering them. It would be worse for them than allowing Premier League matches to be shown live at 3pm on Saturday. And again, you would not get a very good response if people wanted to go to or listen to a football match on Saturday at 3pm and all they had was lower league football. It's one of the prime slots of the weekend.
I don't think there's much of a market for every match to be shown live. I know Max Rushden is exaggerating for comic effect here but I thoght it was quite a perceptive point.
"It turns out Amazon’s major selling point – that you can watch all the games – is the worst thing about it. You CAN watch all the games. You CAN watch Crystal Palace v Bournemouth. Any other year, we would have been blissfully unaware of such an offering. Two minutes at the end of Match of the Day when you’ve stopped concentrating. A three paragraph report in a paper to be skimmed over."
And I would agree with that. Palace vs Bournemouth was a bit of a novelty at the first match, but what benefit is there of moving it to Sunday lunchtime, for fans or broadcasters? If you're not on the Palace coaching staff, who genuinely really needs to see all of it?
In addition, of course you're incredibly limited as to when teams can actually play of a weekend, so there'll be umpteen weekends when pretty much nobody can play on one of the days because of Europe. Again, Saturday 3pm hasn't just been picked at random, in many weekends it's pretty much the only time they can play.
Considering due to the Europa League there are quite often two unbroadcast games on a Sunday I wouldn't be surprised if that is accounted for in the next deal.
There was a bit of a fuss about this the other week when Wolves vs Man City was played on a Sunday and not televised live, but of course the only reason why anyone suggested that should be shown live is because they were playing Man City, and nobody was bothered when Wolves vs Palace was an untelevised Sunday kick-off a few weeks earlier.
It's all very well saying if it's on a Sunday it should be shown live, but that just means this season it would be a load more Wolves, Arsenal and Man U matches, and so they'd have substantially more matches on telly. So you end up with the rule "You're live on telly if you're playing Wolves, Arsenal or Man U after they've been in Europe", which sounds very strange indeed. You'll get fans of other clubs checking the fixture list and moaning if they're not playing them that week. And of course what the Premier League really needs is more Man U matches on telly.
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