Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Away fans to get new opportunities to watch matches - Midweek games to be streamed to away team's ground

Thu 14th Aug 2014 | Fan Engagement

Fans of AFC Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County will be among the first supporters to be offered the opportunity to watch coverage of their club playing away from home during midweek as part of a new broadcasting initiative by The Football League.

Following the installation of a fibre-optic network that will eventually link all club stadiums, matches can now be beamed back to grounds, live in HD, at a fraction of the previous cost. As a result, clubs may now enter into agreements that will enable the away club to broadcast the match for the benefit of its own fans.

Currently, this opportunity is open to clubs in the Championship, with League 1 clubs being connected to the fibre-optic network during the course of the current season and League 2 clubs during 2015/16.

The first set of confirmed matches that will be broadcast (at the away club's ground) will be:

Leeds United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Tues 19th August (7:45pm)
Derby County v AFC Bournemouth - Tues 30th September (7:45pm)
AFC Bournemouth v Derby County - Tues 10th February (7:45pm)

The Football League's Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "While our overriding priority will always be to get as many people as possible to attend matches in person, we also have to recognise that a huge number of fans are simply unable to make long journeys during midweek to watch their team.

"Thanks to the new fibre-optic network, the cost of broadcasting an away match to a club's ground is vastly reduced, making this initiative economically viable for the first time. It will now give clubs the ability to cater for the significant number of supporters that would like to watch the match had they the opportunity.

"It will be up to the clubs involved in each match to determine whether it can be broadcast in this way and I would largely expect to see them entering into such arrangements in instances where they are playing a significant distance away from home during midweek or at matches where the away allocation is likely to sell out."

Clubs will only be permitted to broadcast matches played at 3.00pm on Saturday in exceptional circumstances, as they fall within the 'blocked hours' under UEFA regulations.

Football League clubs are being connected to ADI's Live Venue fibre network and through its SportsHub operations centre, live match feeds are distributed to global broadcasters, football clubs, and other stakeholders.

Image: Action Images / Paul Currie

Posted by: Kev Howland 

Icondia (Icondia-C-468x60.gif)
 
RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION
SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED
 
If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us –
agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk  

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Late Play-off Goal Sends Millwall Fan's Heart Racing

Fri 26th May 2017 | Fan Engagement

With the agony and the ecstasy of the Play-Off Finals set to reach its climax this Bank Holiday weekend, league sponsor, Sky Bet monitored the heart rate of a Millwall and Bradford City fan during...

New Hashtags Launched For #ElClasico

Thu 20th Apr 2017 | Fan Engagement

LaLiga and Twitter have teamed up to give fans watching the El Clasico specially designed emoji hashtags for use on the social media platform. Offering a unique experience to fans and bringing the...

Comment: Virgin’s Twenty’s Plenty Pledge Does It Go Far Enough?

Wed 19th Apr 2017 | Fan Engagement

Virgin Media are in the middle of an advertising blitz, promoting their ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ offering with The Football Supporters Federation. The first thing you’d think about...

Millwall Named EFL Family Club Of The Year

Tue 11th Apr 2017 | Fan Engagement

Millwall Football Club has been named Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year at the annual EFL Awards in London on Sunday evening. The Lions collected the prestigious award for the first time in the...