Premier League ‘warned by fan groups that the “Charity Not PPV” campaign that has raised thousands for charity WILL carry on even if the £14.95 fee is cut’ as backlash continues against the Sky Sports and BT Sport scheme
The Premier League have been warned by fan groups that protests against the £14.95 pay-per-view scheme will continue even if the fee is lowered, according to reports.
Top flight clubs agreed at a shareholder’s meeting to keep the controversial scheme for the next two rounds of matches with officials set to review the format at the next meeting on November 5.
Supporters have been boycotting PPV games and instead donating the £14.95 fee to charity with more than £300,000 raised so far.
Fan groups have warned the Premier League protests against pay-per-view will continue
Supporters have been boycotting the £14.95 games and instead giving the money to charity
Liverpool fans raked in £120,000 for their game against Sheffield United while Newcastle supporters donated £20,000 after their 4-1 defeat by Manchester United.
Fan groups told The Athletic that protests will continue, even if the £14.95 fee is lowered for forthcoming games.
‘It’s the principle, not the price,’ Alex Timperley of the MCFC Fans Foodbank said.
‘The Premier League can reduce it to £1 and we still wouldn’t stop the protest.’
Liverpool fans raised £120,000 instead of paying for their game against Sheffield United
Alex Hurst, chair of the NUFC Supporters Trust, added: ‘While the country remains under tier restrictions there should be a free-to-air arrangement, similar to that which was in place since the return of football in June.’
The decision to make matches which were not due to be broadcast on TV available through PPV on either Sky Sports or BT Sport has caused outrage among football fans who are still unable to attend games due to restrictions.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville called for the £14.95 fee to be scrapped, claiming no fans are watching.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said: ‘It just needs scrapping. It’s gone. It’s finished. No one is paying, no one is watching, it’s done, it’s finished, get rid of it.’
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville called for the controversial format to be scrapped altogether
Both BT Sport and Sky Sports have seen dwindling figures in those purchasing the matches
Sportsmail understands, in the first instance the Premier League will explore the option of lowering the current price rather than abandoning the strategy altogether, with a new cost of £9.95 the most likely outcome.
There is a sense that the model is financially viable. Since its introduction during match week five, the Premier League have earned more than £5million.
Clubs were told there was an average of 39,000 paid subscriptions over the first nine PPV matches, totalling £5.25m, though a portion of that will go to broadcasters whose costs are £100,000 per match.
Three matches attracted fewer than 10,000 subscriptions and two games fell into the top bracket of 70,000 to 90,0000 viewers. That average was calculated before Brighton’s home draw against West Brom on Monday.
PPV MATCHES PLAYED SO FAR
Sat Oct 17: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton BT Sport Box Office
Sat Oct 17: Newcastle 1-4 Man United Sky Sports Box Office
Sun Oct 18: Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham BT Sport Box Office
Sun Oct 18: Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa Sky Sports Box Office
Mon Oct 19: West Brom 0-0 Burnley Sky Sports Box Office
Fri Oct 23: Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds BT Sport Box Office
Sat Oct 24: Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace BT Sport Box Office
Sat Oct 24: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United – Sky Sports Box
Sun Oct 25: Arsenal 0-1 Leicester – Sky Sports Box Office
Mon Oct 26: Brighton 1-1 West Brom Sky Sports Box Office
PPV matches yet to come
Fri Oct 30: Wolves vs Crystal Palace, 8pm – BT Sport Box Office
Sat Oct 31: Burnley vs Chelsea, 3pm – BT Sport Box Office
Sun Nov 1: Aston Villa vs Southampton, 12pm – Sky Sports Box Office
Sun Nov 1: Tottenham vs Brighton, 12pm – Sky Sports Box Office
Mon Nov 2: Fulham vs West Brom, 5.30pm – Sky Sports Box Office