The Premier League has already acted against illegal streaming of live matches via the internet. A recent court ruling means the UK’s major ISPs must block First Row Sports or face prosecution.

Of course there will always be ways around this but for the Premier League it works on two fronts as on the one hand it shows visible proof that they are actually doing something to protect Sky and BT’s investment in broadcasting rights, whilst at the same time stopping a number of people getting illegal internet access.

SKYPUB1Not surprisingly, pubs and clubs are next on the hit list and the Premier League has now announced a new initiative targeting them.

A Glasgow firm, ID Inquiries, has now been appointed by the Premier League to monitor pubs that may be using overseas satellite feeds and/or illegal websites.

A Premier League spokesman;

“The newly enhanced investigations programme follows recent successes in the High Court, including injunctions against the use of foreign satellite systems, and unauthorised streaming websites, being used in commercial premises to broadcast Premier League football.”

While the Portsmouth landlady won her own personal legal battle with the Premier League, the European court also ruled that landlords using foreign satellite systems to show Premier League matches would be liable for prosecution.

The technicalities of the subject are that while live football matches can’t be copyrighted, the graphics, team icons and music can be, these angles are the intellectual property of the Premier League and not the matches themselves.

Turning the sound down and strategically placing beer mats is apparently no defence…

The Premier League spokesman again;

“We remind all publicans that Sky Sports and BT Sport are the only authorised broadcasters of live Premier League matches in the UK and legal action will be taken against those who use unauthorised satellite systems to show Premier League matches in commercial premises.”

Where I live EVERY pub and club has got continental/dodgy/foreign satellite systems, it is a choice of having your place full of people spending money or tumbleweed blowing through your establishment.

I don’t think you need any top notch private investigators to find places showing matches illegally, it is basically shooting fish in a barrel.

The question is how do you stop them and now pubs and clubs in many/most cases see this money as not a bonus but an essential part of their income, the aren’t going to give it up voluntarily. It is almost like telling pubs and clubs that they aren’t allowed to open on a Saturday night.

Now it is the done thing on places like Tyneside and there is clearly a massive demand from both punters and publicans alike, it is a shame that a solution can’t be reached whereby pubs & clubs were offered some kind of legal feed and paid a fair price to get it.

The question now is unfortunately just which pubs and clubs will the Premier League choose to make examples of and how high will the punishment/fine be?

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28 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

It is sad that fans are now the point of least concern for clubs, making very little impact to what the club is actually able to (or willing to) do with regards to the football on the pitch.  There is a sense of bleak hopelessness creeping into football, fans starting to tire of ever increasing ticket prices that only serve to, in most cases, perpetuate the ever increasing wages for mediocre players who have no hope of ever winning anything in their lifetime.  The pot is sewn up with the likes of Man City, Man U, Chelsea etc all buying their way to the top with finances far beyond anything a mere fan can bring in with a ticket purchase.

If those fans stopped going, would it matter beyond TV audiences probably disliking games with zero atmosphere?  It does beg the question how accurate this article will prove to be, as more and more clubs look to slash prices in an attempt to lure fans back for publicity purposes rather than footballing ones!

terriertwo
terriertwo

Go back forty years and cap the players wages. I pay good money to support my team. They turn up and do very little and go home with a sack full of gold. Pay them a basic wage with incentives and maybe then they will pull their fingers out and put a shift in.

snodgrass2
snodgrass2

Don't worry. Football is killing itself.Remember why the world wanted to tune into our game? Fast furious competitive aggressive. That's what made it a product worth having. Look at it now. Gamesmanship and foreign influx.Highlight of most games is the possession factor. 70% possession is praised even if you never left your own half! Boring games where 6' 4" players fall screaming to the floor when a mighty 5' player gets too close. Commentators encourage the myth...." Oh there was contact" when everyone can see from the second to the twelth replay there was none. Games are held up at the most crucial exciting times because of feigned injury to stop the play. The foreign influence has slowed our game to a near standstill. (Arsenal Chelsea anyone?) Look at our crowds. Where is the fervour the testoserone? Gone. Our game is dying. When Sky move on, as they surely will, we may not be able to resuscitate it    

Harry Todd
Harry Todd

Low prices try Fifty six pounds at Chelsea and Man Utd, fifty two at Liverpool and mid forties at West ham,Man City and QPR and it is quite clear that you do not attend away games.If that's cheap let me know the ideal price.

Chemical Dave
Chemical Dave

Am surprised you have time to go to away games as your medical expertise must be a drain on your free time ? You are utter scum by the way, time to change your username...again ?

1957
1957

Prices to go to the stadium will need to drop as I believe Sky are planning to negotiate a pay as you view contract with the EPL for live or slightly delayed streaming of all games in the near future.

SGM
SGM

Cheap tickets are a must, less corporate more kids.


Also: season after season the bottom of the table is far more exciting than the top.


Who cares who wins its the same old, same old.


Who's got the bollix to stave off relegation is what matters.

GToon
GToon

@SGM Aye. Can't stand the media trying to whip up a frenzy at the start of the season about who might win the league. They should literally just give it to the club with the most money. The bottom of the table is great, you are right. And we are featuring in it!!!! Also the biggest game isn't even in the EPL - its the Championship playoff final. 

Marklp
Marklp

A whole generation of Toon fans have been priced out of SJP. Cheap tickets would be an excellent way of giving the club back to these fans. Cheap tickets and a large standing areas at the bottom of leazers and gallowgate ends is the way forward.

Alexh1984
Alexh1984

I always like reading your articles and this is another good one.

All I would say is that in other countries, germany for example, the tickets are way cheaper. I think Dortmund do a season ticket for £109. The atmosphere there looks incredible though.

On that basis I think cheaper tickets are a good thing.

Where they aren't are at clubs like our own. Without a shread of ambition they are being used to fill the ground.

West ham at least show some attempt at being a football club who try to progress on the pitch and will probably spend relatively largely before they move.

There has to be a reason clubs like spurs, west ham, Liverpool are all striving to get bigger stadiums and that can only really be financial. More stadium visitors means more spend in the club shops, bars etc. more jobs created in the local area, more visitors growing the local economy and so on. All things other clubs take seriously but what won't be at NUFC as it isn't beneficial to SD