Premier League is an addiction for the nation, it’s an addiction for an ever growing Global market of football fans. I love my football. My gripe is that I can’t have access to the away games I don’t really go to. It’s the same for the hordes of people who can’t purchase a season ticket. They don’t give up though, no football fan accepts a Saturday pottering around B&Q, or helping with the weekly shop. Oh no, we rummage around online for an illegal feed to watch the game we love.
How can we do this? Well, people from Qatar, Spain and Sweden can buy season packages to watch their team… every game. So we tap into what they’re getting via the wonders of the web.
Why can’t we see all the games? In short, I believe it’s because clubs fear for their attendances. Well, what if increased TV revenue could offset that fear?
Here is my proposition…
- To access the top 115 Sky games per year, you have to pay the Sky Subscription. The best games are still for Sky to show for the Premium Sky Sports cost.
- Sky show 115 games a season. ESPN show 23 games per season. That leaves 546 available.
- There are 10million Sky Subscribers in the UK. Let’s just assume 40% of those subscribe to Sky Sports. Out of those 4million fans, let’s assume 75% are football fans. Out of those, lets assume 1million are avid fans who would pay to watch more of their team.
- If you want to access games that are not on Sky, you pay a monthly Sky Mobile Subscription, say £3 per month.
- We’ve just generated an additional £3million a month for 9 months that wasn’t there before. That’s an additional £36million a season.
- Back to the games. Let’s divide that 1,000,000 active fans by 18. That gives us 55,000 avid fans for each club that are willing to pay £3 to watch the games online. Let’s assume those fans only watch 50% of the games. So let’s say 27,500 fans from each team watch the games online. So I’m guessing every Premiership game not shown on TV could earn 55,000 legal viewers paying £3 a pop.
- That from my maths works out at 27,270,000 additional views of football games that were lost to illegal streams. Let’s not kid ourselves that watching illegal feeds of games not as mainstream as music piracy these days. That’s an additional £90,090,000 in the coffers from quite frugal estimates. Throw that in with the monthly mobile subscription and you’ve generated the Premier League an additional £126,000,000 for doing no more than the Sky are already doing for Arab and European countries.
- That’s £7million additional revenue for each club at a minimum, providing this is done as a pooled venture. At the bottom end of the league, Wigan Athletic only make £1.35million from season ticket sales, this options would give them 5 times that for doing nothing more than they’re doing now.
Now, I’m going to guess that actually, more than 55,000 people will tune into games as an average over a season. Then imagine you could open this type of service to a global audience. The figures are quite staggering.
People have said in the past that this type of service will stop fans going to the games. Well, if that’s the case, so be it. I wouldn’t want to share a ground with someone who’d rather watch the game on a laptop anyway. Attendances don’t seem to be affected in the states too much and they offer similar online services for the NFL and baseball. I don’t see why home nation fans should suffer with worse coverage because the clubs are here. It’s not like we’re not going because we can… we’re not going because the Premiership is one of the best attended leagues in the world.
Let me know what you think and for gods sake, don’t investigate my shoddy maths!
I’ve been having a look around the other divisions and a player that has escaped much attention is Jordan Rhodes. He’s banged in 27 goals in Ligue One this season, he’s 21, he’s English and he looks like a real live wire of a player. Now, I’m only talking about him because the leagues below the Premiership seem to avoid attention of the top clubs and I wonder why?
I’m pretty sure George Graham took advantage of hidden gems in the lower leagues to build his first Championship winning teams in the late eighties early nineties and there are plenty of teams who come up from the lower leagues and hold their own with unfashionable players. I’m not saying he’s the answer, but you’d think 72 goals in 3 seasons at 21 would be worth a look! Kevin Phillips certainly did well coming from Division Two Watford and before that a non-league side.
The draw for the FA Cup had been made, we managed to pull Aston Villa out the hat at home… not a bad team to land considering recent history.
First we’ll have to take on Leeds. Not quite as strong ad they were last season and certainly suffering from defensive frailties at the back. Really, we should take them a part, in all likelihood, I’d take a scrappy 2-0. Here is a little info from a two away supporting Leeds fans, Russ (Away Supporter) and Andy (home and away every game).
Leeds Low Down
To say we were disappointed drawing you gooners out of the hat was an understatement as genuinely thought we had a chance to go on a good cup run this season! Negative thoughts you may think, well lets take a look at it, you are on run of only 1 defeat in 10, winning 7, you have one half of Batman and now the LEGEND returns.
We on the other hand have a team with one of the worst defenses over the last 3 seasons in all 4 divisions with older players like O`Brian, Bruce, Bromby, Pugh and Michael Brown! We have no pace (except our latest Spur, Andros Townsend) in the middle of the park with Jonny Howson just not up to the captains roll, too many of our big name players, Howson, Snodgrass, Becchio just not performing with any consistency and we gave a manager who lacks a bit of passion (Burnley injury time winner last Saturday with his Mourinho like dance down the wing, an exception). We can’t see us coming away with much change BUT this is the FA cup, so we hope Arsenal field their strongest side so there are no excuses if there is an upset!
At least we’re not at Elland Road, home games have been dismal to say the least at what used to be a fortress in the past. Ken Bates you need to back you manager in the January transfer window or sack him and install a manager who can motivate the players we have there. I know all the fans (more than 5000 for a Monday night game) travelling will have another of those Leeds Utd away days of ups and downs but if we can play with passion and pride then who knows what may happen.
Back to Arsenal…
We have no full backs to call upon and if my earlier suspicions are correct I’d imagine Yennaris and Coquelin will fill in. I’m expecting to see our second string, not our kids… So I’m imagining the team will be quite bland bar hopefully AOC who should definitely start in my opinion.
Yennaris Mertesacker Koscielny Coquelin
Song Arteta Benny
AOC Chamakh Andrey
Wenger once again reiterated the importance of top four over the FA Cup and I honestly understand that. What I struggle with is the added benefit. Spurs reached the top four and brought in top quality, took things up a level and kept their best players. We’ve been in the Champions League for 14 years. It took us up a level, paid for the Stadium move partly and now we’re on a very steady footing, all the competition seems to be good for is sustaining huge wages for multiple under achieves. What joy are the fans getting? No signings, negligible effort in the cups, no chance in the league or Champions League.
We just float around satisfactory okayness. Is that really what running a football club is all about?
On the transfer front, we’ve been linked with a move for Saloman Kalou again. It’s like the manager is obsessed with him. He’s an ok player but hardly the inspirational type signing that keeps Robin on board. There have also been mutterings of a move for Abidal of Barca. The best bit of news is around the Chamakh. Fiorentina want a piece of the action with a loan move, but apparently can’t afford his wages… Thought to be £75,000 a week! You what!? That’s from The Times as well…
Anyway… enjoy tonight, I’ll be there tweeting and Instagraming pictures before and after.
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Happy Monday and a big thanks to the two Leeds fans who took time out to give us detail on Leeds!