18/10/2023 7comments  |  Jump to last

From 2025, all matches kicking off at times other than 3pm on Saturday afternoons will be televised under a new broadcasting format.

The Premier League has retained the blackout of games taking place in the traditional Saturday slot "to encourage attendances and participation at all levels of the sport" but every other game will be screened, including all 10 simultaneous matches on the final day.

That will increase the number of games televised live in the UK from 210 to 270.



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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 19/10/2023 at 07:54:13
Unless you are living in many other parts of the world outside of the UK, where you can watch any and all Premier League games on TV.
Geoff Lambert
2 Posted 20/10/2023 at 12:01:33
They should televise all matches – it won't stop people from going to watch their team just because Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd etc are on at 3 pm.

And it won't hit the attendances in the Premier League as most games are well sold out weeks in advance. Outdated rule that should be scrapped. It will also hit the away support that maybe can't travel at 6pm on a Friday for example.

Kevin Prytherch
3 Posted 20/10/2023 at 12:13:11
I don't think the issue is whether it affects attendances at premier league matches – it's the lower league matches.

I live in Oldham, and if Man City or Man Utd were on TV at 3 pm, it would seriously affect Oldham's home attendance.

Geoff Lambert
4 Posted 20/10/2023 at 12:22:34

Man City and Man Utd can be watched live by anyone if they so desire.

Anyone can get a stream or Firestick app if they want.

Barry Hesketh
5 Posted 20/10/2023 at 12:42:27
The Saturday 3 pm TV embargo is ridiculous in this day and age, with the technology available, it is possible to attend Oldham et al and keep up with the 'live' televised game on your phone.

I do understand that the likes of Oldham might lose a few casual fans who might go if their own team wasn't playing at the same time, but really how many devoted Premier League supporters show interest, never mind go to the trouble of attending local league games if their team isn't playing? If it was truly significant, the likes of Tranmere would be seeing fairly large attendances most weeks.

I dislike the late late Saturday kick-off times and I'm not really happy with the Friday evening games either. Funny how the TV companies and the football authorities never seem to ask the match-going fans what they'd prefer to see, with regards to kick-off times for games which are broadcast live.

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 20/10/2023 at 12:44:27
Attendance in Scandinavian stadiums might be affected.
Eric Myles
7 Posted 20/10/2023 at 14:37:55
Kevin #3,

Oldham could always stream the live Man Utd and Man City games on their stadium monitors to increase attendances.

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