3pm TV Blackout Survey Results
Report to Football Supporters Association (FSA) & MSF Members
Date: 5th September 2021
Title: Feedback on the reinstatement of 3pm live streaming for shielding fans.
Report of Middlesbrough Supporters Forum (MSF)
Status: For Information
Background to the survey
Now that fans are able to go back to stadiums, the 3pm TV blackout has been reinstated. This has been an important safeguard to protect live attendance at matches up and down the pyramid. However some fans do not yet feel confident, for covid reasons to return to the stadoum even a few cases when they have bought a season ticket.
These supporters would like to be able to pay for a live stream to watch Saturday 3pm kick offs again, as they did in the last ‘behind closed doors’ season.
Middlesbrough Supporters Forum (MSF) conducted a quick online survey, sharing the survey link via social media and fans forums. They created the survey using Survey Monkey, and kept it open for 2 days.
The results are as follows (107 responses)
Supporter comments received
’The Saturday 3pm Blackout encourages streaming and has no place in times like today where technology has advanced significantly since the ’60s when it was first introduced. It would work then, but it certainly doesn’t now. Leagues, clubs and broadcasters will keep losing millions of pounds in revenue as long as that archaic rule is still in existence.
While I agree with the principle of the 3pm blackout unless the covid situation gets significantly worse. However, in the long term would like to see if geography can be taken into account. Can fans who live a significant distance away have the facility to watch the streaming (at a price) on the clubs streaming service. This would also allow fans who live away to financially support the club.
Enable games to be shown “as live” on streaming platforms from 5pm. If the blackout is removed, it should not cover games on Sky TV etc, only on streaming platforms provided by clubs, not be available in pubs and protect the matchday ticket price (i.e. not made more appealing to stream). Treat the EFL (and possibly even leagues within that differently to the Premier League. For me it is important to have fans at matches, and it is worth bearing in mind that in the depths of winter, if a game is available on Saturday and the weather forecast looks particularly poor, people will opt for warmth and dry.
Fans who can’t attend games – either due to location or not being able to afford a ticket – should be able to stream the games live. It’s income that the club wouldn’t normally receive.
Streaming is inclusive of all fans in all walks of life. As long as people are paying for it then what is the issue. Society is supposed to be about inclusion
Not all fans live local to the team they support or have ability to travel 250-300 miles round trips every week.
I live many miles from the club I support, and the driving makes it impossible for someone of my age. I want to financially support my home time club and would pay for the privilege of live streaming
I live 2 hours’ drive from the ground, I will still attend matches when I can because its better, but why shouldn’t I be able to watch matches online when i cannot attend, when other abroad can do?
Showing all games at 3pm will not affect football gates or revenues Serous football fans will want to attend every game in the stadium to experience the whole atmosphere Some fans who are too ill or infirm will get great comfort from being able to experience the match day experience from their sofas and give them the same excitement as if they were in the ground
I think streamed Saturday games should be available at the same cost as a match day tickets. Receipts should be allocated on the same basis as actual match receipts with the home team receiving receipts up to a maximum of the away capacity
I attend all home games as a season ticket holder, last season I watched all the away games as well through the live streaming. I would be happy to pay for these games as well if they were to be made available
We have been isolating since last February. My wife is having medical treatment and is very vulnerable to infection. No possibility of me attending any event where my health and therefore her health could be compromised.
Increase the price to say £20 to non-season ticket holders, keep the price at a nominal £1 for season ticket holders. Away games could be charged at £10. All money could go into a central pool and divided equally between all the clubs at the end of the season
I would suggest that streaming should only be available to people who are willing to buy either a home season ticket or “home and away” season ticket.
I attend games with my very elderly relative. He is double jabbed and confident to be around people however is 86, struggles to walk far, has Alzheimer’s, is more comfortable in his own home to get to the toilet quickly etc. but would never ever not want to see his beloved Boro. I was lucky enough to throughout lockdown be a carer for said relative and spent many a cold afternoon / evening sat in his house watching the streams. Going back has highlighted the new burden we have to physically get him there. Walking back to the car after the last game he said to me he much preferred watching the games on TV at home. Maybe it had become a habit but such a shame there aren’t any options for UK fans who are in similar positions. We’d still pay the same if the option was there to sometimes stop in and watch it
Also make it available for disabled supporters of clubs who can’t make it to grounds
Blackout is outdated now. If I’m going to the match, I’ll go regardless of television coverage
The cost should be high enough to recompense the club for lost revenue
More competitive ticket pricing (twenty is plenty – home and away) is the key to increasing attendances, not the blackout. That said, home season ticket holders should be the only ones to be able to buy home streaming passes
The attendance doesn’t seem to be greatly impacted midweek by a stream being available and it allows an additional revenue stream for the club from supporters who cannot attend or cannot afford to attend.
I am a season ticket holder but wary of returning to games.
As a disabled person away days are out of the question for me.
We have season tickets but have not yet attended due to covid rates
Most people can pick up an illegal stream from foreign broadcast now anyway.