Twitter erupts as Premier League announce pay-per-view fixtures
The Premier League, on Friday, announced that the non-televised games of the competition will be made available via pay-per-view (PPV) in order to compensate with the matchday income for the clubs, as the games are still being played behind closed doors, and also for the fans to help them continue to watch their team play.
As per the agreement, the scheduled games will run as it is, while the remaining five matches - which have not been selected - will be available on a pay-per-view basis.
"Football is not the same without supporters at matches," a statement read. "The Premier League and our clubs remain committed to the safe return of fans as soon as possible."
As things stand, only 200 of the 380 games of the season are scheduled to be aired domestically in the UK whereas the global audience is able to watch all of them live. Since the temporary halt due to the global pandemic in March, the Premier League aired every league game live in the UK on Sky, BT, Amazon or the BBC. But now that the clubs are facing a significant drop in the match revenue, the 20 teams decided to work on a temporary system to compensate with the loss.
Just in, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester and Newcastle will all have their games added to the PPV list for the first weekend back after the international break.
That said, a fee of £14.95/€16.95 has been set for a single pay-per-view game, and the fans as well as the pundits have rightfully voiced their degression over the move. This is what they are saying:
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