The Premier League were facing a backlash on Friday after launching a controversial pay-per-view service for matches, news exclusively revealed by Sportsmail.
In a strategy that has infuriated the football community, the Premier League — in conjunction with Sky Sports and BT Sport — have announced a new service in time for next weekend’s set of fixtures to show an additional layer of matches that are not included in the designated televised schedule.
The games will be available at an additional cost — £14.95 — to their original subscription fees.
The decision was ratified during a Premier League shareholders’ meeting on Friday.
Sky Sports and BT Sport are poised to announce a pay-per-view service for Premier League matches that are not part of their usual coverage schedules
A number of Premier League games were shown free-to-air in lockdown but the league has grown agitated at giving away its product for 메리트카지노주소 free in the UK
Fans who remain locked out of grounds amid the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to be angry they now have to pay more to watch their team on TV
Sportsmail understands the idea for the new service came from the Premier League, and 메리트카지노주소 that the broadcasting partners are merely facilitating the move.
The profits from the project will go directly to the clubs, rather than the TV networks, to help ease the financial concerns caused by playing matches behind closed doors.
There was a degree of discomfort about the plans from their broadcasting partners on Friday as they sought to distance themselves from the idea.
Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster said: ‘The Premier League has come to this decision with its clubs to provide a service for supporters who are no longer able attend and 메리트카지노주소 to generate matchday revenue.
‘We are happy to support them with this interim solution — and we share their desire to get fans back into grounds as soon as it is safe.’
Premier League clubs feel they reached the ‘point of no return’ when the Government started to suggest they bailed out the EFL clubs.
That prompted them to say ‘We will look after ourselves’.
A source said: ‘The resentment is felt purely towards the Government. We are losing £100m a month and 메리트카지노 we can’t allow it to go on.
‘We have reached a point of no return. We have to find ways of recouping money.
These are not free-to-air games. They are on a subscription service anyway.’
Some clubs looked at an option of streaming games on their own websites but couldn’t get it sorted in time.
Manchester United, who initially voiced their objection to the move, wanted to find a way of providing the games for free to season ticket holders.
Leicester City voted against the move and none of the clubs are blind to the negative PR.
‘The losses we are suffering over-ride any fear of the kind of pushback we will get from the public,’ a source at a Premier League club said.