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Hij
9th March '12, 07:43 PM
Why does the 3pm thing matter so much anyway?

I don't go to any games near here as there isn't a club for miles away, but I might take in a game if we're playing on a Sunday. This won't mean I suddenly start turning up at Crystal Palace every week though

Top clubs face lower TV rights over clampdown on European broadcasters showing 3pm kick-offs

The Premier League is in the process of shutting down European broadcasters’ access to Saturday 3pm kick-offs to protect its “closed window” in the UK, in a move that threatens to reduce clubs’ revenues from overseas broadcast rights.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02148/pub_2148954b.jpgTest case: Portsmouth pub landlady Karen Murphy took on Sky TV Photo: REX FEATURES








By Matt Scott

12:10AM GMT 24 Feb 2012


In an effort to prevent the erosion of gates across football, the Premier League has always forbidden the broadcast to UK audiences of its matches in the traditional Saturday afternoon time slot. At the same time overseas broadcasters have still been sold the rights to Saturday games kicking off at 3pm.

But recent High Court decisions have cited European law in overruling such deals when they place constraints on individual member states.

The Premier League’s response has been to trigger “force majeure” clauses in its contracts with Nordic countries that were put in place after the “Karen Murphy case” and another wrangle involving QC Leisure, a technology supplier. In the first of these cases, a Portsmouth pub landlady was prosecuted for broadcasting games through a Greek decoder.

The outcome of the litigation has not left the League unscathed. The withdrawal of the 3pm kick-offs will reduce the offering to European broadcasters from 380 to 200. This will likely have an adverse impact on the sums received from European broadcasters, currently about 300 million of the 1.3 billion Premier League clubs receive over the three-year rights cycle.

This would have a disproportionate effect on the smaller top-flight teams, since the returns from international broadcast rights sales are divided equally between all 20 clubs.


The returns to Sky from their commercial operations, piping matches into pubs, have been diminishing in recent years. The recent developments in Scandinavian countries prevent “leakage” of what might otherwise be Sky subscriptions to overseas broadcasters.
Further evidence of this might be that some broadcasters in the European Economic Area, such as one in Greece, which previously received an English-language feed have had Anglophone commentary taken away. Both Sky and the Premier League privately deny that is the motivation.
Currently halfway through its rights cycle, the league is expected to formalise the new contractual terms in its tender documents for the three years from 2013-14. These are expected to be issued in the first half of this year.
Meanwhile Murphy returns to court on Friday, where she is likely to hear that her criminal record for copyright infringement will be overturned.

187
10th March '12, 01:34 PM
lol

manz is only mad cah he won't be able to stream games as easily :laugh:

BIGDON
10th March '12, 01:48 PM
lul

cool streaming bros

Plak
10th March '12, 03:23 PM
If Sky wanna protect themselves from foreign broadcasters, all they need to do is stop taking the piss out of pubs. Some pubs pay mwad money for the rights to show games, 160 a week in some cases.