This December will be an historic one in the Premier League. Amazon will be live streaming their first English top flight games this week and will be broadcasting every one of the division’s Boxing Day fixtures. This is the latest development in TV coverage and is one that would benefit Liverpool if it continued into the future.
At the minute the Premier League sells packages to broadcasters and money is divvied up between the top flight clubs. Each team is guaranteed a certain amount of games on television in a season and the three o’clock matches are kept from our screens.
It is the refusal to show the three o’clock games that has made the Amazon move so groundbreaking. For the first time ever, every single game will be broadcast and many will be shown simultaneously. The reasoning behind not broadcasting every fixture is that it could harm attendances.
If TV coverage moved towards showing every game, Liverpool would benefit from the extra pay cheque without having to worry about dwindling attendances.
Such is the appetite to see the Reds, the season ticket waiting list is closed. There are tens of thousands of Kopites waiting for their turn to claim a permanent seat at Anfield.
At the minute, it seems as though progress is being halted by the greediness and complacency of other clubs. There is no doubt that other teams would struggle to sell out each week if their fans could watch on television; the obvious solution is to offer more reasonable ticket prices – another gripe for another day.
The NFL in America offers a pass wherein you can pay an annual fee to watch every single game. The Premier League is lagging behind but one thing is for certain: when our TV coverage catches up, Liverpool will benefit whilst others compromise.