Saturday night football coming in new Premier League rights package

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Arsenal fans will be watching their team play Saturday night football in the future as the Premier League has announced its new packages for which it will be seeking bidders.

The next round of rights come up for auction in February, and will likely eclipse the then record £5bn + deal secured for the last round between Sky Sports and BT.

There will be an increase of 32 matches made available for live television, with 200 games as opposed to 168 in the last round.

Notable is the fact taht there will be eight matches kicking off at 19.45 on a Saturday evening, and the fact that the traditional Sunday game – which almost always started at 16.00 – will now be played at 16.30.

The details of the packages to be bid on are as follows (via BBC) – and they’ll be applied from start of the 2019/20 season (assuming we’re all still alive).

Package A: 32 matches on Saturdays at 12:30
Package B: 32 matches on Saturdays at 17:30
Package C: 24 matches on Sundays at 14:00 and eight matches on Saturdays at 19:45
Package D: 32 matches on Sundays at 16:30
Package E: 24 matches on Mondays at 20:00 or Fridays at 19:30/20:00 and eight matches on Sundays at 14:00
Package F: 20 matches from one Bank Holiday and one midweek fixture programme
Package G: 20 matches from two midweek fixture programmes

While Sky and BT are expected to remain in pole position to retain the rights, it’s expected that there will be competition from less traditional sources with industry insiders expecting possible bids from Facebook, Amazon and other online platforms.

It’s an ongoing question as to whether this competition makes life better for consumers, and in reality it generally means more expense as different subscriptions are required.

With viewing figures and attention spans falling, it might well be the Premier League is reaching some kind of ceiling when it comes to how much people are willing to spend on it, so they’ll be keen to set more records with this new deal.

The fact that so many people are willing to sit through sixty thousand and three pop-ups just so they can have a stream that isn’t half-covered with ads and fake ‘X – close this ad’ buttons really should tell them something.

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DrabWilly
DrabWilly

You mock these live streams but through those pop-ups I’ve met so many hot housewives who live in my local area you wouldn’t believe it.

Poltuer
Poltuer

So true, also my computer is more efficient than ever. I always have latest version of Adobe Flash player.

NewSeason
NewSeason

Me too! I have been helping lots of researchers with my surveys.

Reality+Check
Reality+Check

Stop watching porn lol.. if you read Google’s terms they explain that these ads are mostly in line with you online activity..

goongot
goongot

I once tried to catch manu vs sp*rs online on illegal stream and while clicking on one of the numerous X , one site diverted me to another tab with porn. So I closed the tab and enjoyed the porn.

Lone+Star+Gunner
Lone+Star+Gunner

Props for that hilarious and disturbing gif, blogs. ?

Brendan Rodgers\' Self Portrait
Brendan Rodgers\' Self Portrait

Was streaming the Burnley match on my new girlfriend’s work laptop recently when I noticed some moaning. Didn’t realize a new window had opened. I won’t describe what I saw when briefly switching over before quickly closing the window but suffice it to say it was awkward.

myrtle
myrtle

Nah, I love women’s tennis.

Insider9
Insider9

Why can’t they just do Arsenal digital membership that includes all our games? It’s stupid that we have to pay to watch other teams. I want to pay money to my club to watch every game online. Is that so difficult?

I don’t want to have to pay to both BT and Sky. Sky had our game vs Spuds and nothing since till Christmas. How can you justify paying a subscription for that? No games in over a month. No wonder many people stream. Not to mention 3pm kick off or games that are not televised which should be a thing of the past. People do watch them just not on UK channels.

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey

Maybe if Amazon or Facebook purchase the rights then you might see a change like that. Honestly I just hope sky and bt don’t get it so that we can see those cunts’ slow decline. Absolute pricks!

nelsonCOYG
nelsonCOYG

Because i love to watch Sheffield v Bristol obviously.

Seriously the amount of times i have been stuck watching a dodgy stream and it ruins the game because of constant buffering or from being 5 minutes behind :'(

Missed all 3 of out goals v Chelsea last year.

Jame5
Jame5

The government screwed this up so no one could have a monopoly on games shown. This has led to it now costing billions twice as much to watch games. I still have my Sky but it’s less useful now without Europe and loads of PL games.
I think BT Sport is the better now as an Arsenal fan.

But yes a ‘seasons pass’ for your team just seems so obvious. But I guess they can’t work out who will pay for it. Does Sky take the money or BT? They want differentiation and the FA don’t want to do it themselves as they don’t want to fuck it up and kill the Golden Goose.
I would happily pay for every Arsenal game in all competitions, i fucking hate shit streams!

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey

Damn I didn’t realize how difficult it was for people in the UK, for me in Canada I just have the sports package and 3 extra sports channels and that covers all tournaments, including bundesliga, serie A and Ligue 1.

And @NelsonCOYG, I’m not gonna feel sorry for you that your illegal online stream is poor quality, lol!

allezkev
allezkev

Why can’t you just buy the games, as you do with a movie, on a one off basis, I don’t want a subscription to watch a load of other crap, just the Arsenal games will do for me.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

But the pay per view for a single game will cost half of the subscription to force you to get the subscription.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

I can see a few family arguments and divorces coming when wifes and 12-14 year old daughters (and of course any gay sons) want to watch ‘britain got another egotistical wanker’ (or whatever ‘reality’ drivel is on that season) on the main TV whilst the match is on a Saturday evening…

Jame5
Jame5

Yes women and gay people hate football…. have you ever been to an actual match of football ever?
Stay in your cave

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

You missed the point completely. It’s about the people that follow the reality drivel on TV rather than the relatively small percentage of women, teen girls and gay men that watch (support) football…

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You’ve missed the point in both your responses. What’s to say that heterosexual men/boys don’t want to watch talent shows as well?

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

No i didn’t. Although there is a proportion of heterosexual men/boys that watch that drivel, it’s a tiny percentage compared to the homosexual viewing numbers (probably a larger number but a much smaller percentage).

kinghenrythe14th
kinghenrythe14th

With my trusty Mobdro app, who gives a hoot about who got the game rights.

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

Mobdro ftw mate!

Drogheda gunner
Drogheda gunner

Mobdro is crap

DanishGooner
DanishGooner

Arggghhhh….NNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

arsepedant
arsepedant

So, eight Saturday matches for which I don’t have to get up before the birds. Although with my luck, I’m sure Arsenal won’t be in a single one of them but will instead will get every 4:00a and 4:45a kick-off for the whole season.

myrtle
myrtle

I for one won’t be giving these tossers a penny.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You must be using the wrong streaming sites, Blogs.

Jan
Jan

I wonder what MOTD think of this. This is going to bugger up their scheduling…

No doubt it will be the big games on at 19:45 on a Saturday night. Maybe they will have to feature it on Sunday (which would probably not be good), or have it on later in the programme? I seem to remember them having games on after 11pm when they were at 5pm or something? Can’t remember exactly what time, but think that was only MOTD2?

Keeping more people indoors on a Saturday night is no bad thing really.. but having a drink in the pub if you’d rather not listen to a game you don’t care about will be a challenge.

You do wonder when the Premier League rights will meet their ceiling. TV subscriptions are down, attendances are down, people share the goals and highlights illegally on social media and websites (cough). Only when the money/ growth begins to dry up will the Premier League take any notice.