All Premier League games to be available under new pay-per-view scheme/ Leicester City reportedly sole club to vote against


PPV comes to the Premier League

The news broke today that football fans are set to be handed the chance to continue watching all Premier League matches. Currently shut away from stadiums, fans have been able to watch their top-flight teams through the large array of television broadcasters.

Plans for fans to return to stadiums at the start of October were scuppered by the Government, on the back of the continued rise of cases of COVID-19 across the nation.

The crippling financial effects of fans not being permitted to enter grounds, meanwhile, are being felt across the country. Most hard-hit of all are the lower divisions, with little to no TV rights funds coming in compared to their top-flight competitors.

Despite these struggles, though, the new pay-per-view scheme, headed by The Premier League, will not see lower-league sides profit. The scheme consists of the additional top-flight fixtures not included on the broadcaster’s agreed schedule being shown at a price of £14.95 each.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 11: Nottingham Forest’s fans wave a flag during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on March 11, 2018 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The broadcasters will not receive these funds, with the majority of the money raised instead set to be split between Premier League clubs to compensate for their loss of matchday revenue.

Not all in favour

There has, expectantly, since been a strong reaction to the news. Sky Sports currently charge £18 per month for subscribers to watch 146 live Premier League games, and the BT Sport add-on for Sky can be purchased for £15 a month.

The aforementioned scheme is set to double, or even triple fans’ outlay in some cases to watch their club’s games. Even well-known employees of the broadcasters have spoken out against the decision:

The decision was decided following a vote from all 20 Premier League clubs, and passed 19 for, 1 against. It has since been revealed that the solitary club who voted against the decision was Leicester City:

Fans are the lifeblood of football. Without them, the sport may not exist. In addition, with mainstream social media now such a central part of people’s everyday lives, the fallout from this decision will be hard to ignore.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Everton FC 4 7 12
2 Aston Villa FC 3 9 9
3 Leicester City FC 4 5 9
4 Arsenal FC 4 3 9
5 Liverpool FC 4 0 9
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 7 7
7 Chelsea FC 4 4 7
8 Leeds United 4 1 7
9 Newcastle United FC 4 1 7
10 West Ham United FC 4 4 6
11 Southampton FC 4 -1 6
12 Crystal Palace FC 4 -2 6
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4 -3 6
14 Manchester City FC 3 -1 4
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4 -2 3
16 Manchester United FC 3 -6 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 4 -8 1
18 Burnley FC 3 -5 0
19 Sheffield United FC 4 -5 0
20 Fulham FC 4 -8 0
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 6
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 6
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 5
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 5
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 3
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 3
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 3
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 3
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 3
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 3
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 3
Costa, Helder Leeds United 2
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 2
Klich, Mateusz Leeds United 2