PL chairmen went for PPV over TV no show


The Pay Per View pricing of £14.95 per game has been set by Sky Sports and BT according football finance expert Kieran Maguire speaking on the Price of Football podcast

Maguire explained that Premier League chairman were given a straight choice between not screening the non-picked games or the pay per view model with the pricing not negotiable.

Premier League clubs are having to pay £330m in compensation to broadcasters over two seasons as a result of the impact of COVID to last’s season schedules despite all games being played.

The domestic broadcasters were concerned that setting the ‘pay per view price’ too cheap would devalue their own offering paid for subscribers while the Premier League were worried about more compensation claims with the current contract.

Sky Sports and BT  paid £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.

The Premier League terminated a £564m contract with Chinese broadcaster PPTV over the summer due a missed £160m payment. The top flight league has now agreed a new one-year contract with digital platform Tencent Sports.  The new deal involves both a fee as well as a revenue-sharing agreement based on subscriber numbers.

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  • Ronny says:

    Hi Sean 🙂

    Is this only covering the UK, or does it also include the rest of Europe (I live in Denmark)? In Denmark it is really frustrating as we cannot get one provider for all the games, so usually we can sign for one provider, which has maybe 2 games live at the same time, and 5 games per round. Then you need another supplier to cover the rest of the games, and sometimes you cannot get the games live anyway 🙁

    A monthly subscription is about 70 Euro, and to get the full fixtures (90% of them live), you would have to pay something like 150 Euro per month. As a West Ham fan it is a bit annoying, because we often does not get picked for the live games, if we are playing smaller opposition, as the big 6 usually get selected first.

    So if it is possible to pay 18 Euro per West Ham game, I would most likely do it, even though it is quite expensive. I would surely think twice about paying for anything but West Ham though!

    So do you know if this is only covering the UK?

  • Maziron says:

    I refuse to pay it out of principle. Not even to watch my beloved Irons!

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