In this article, we have taken a look at the rising cost of football on TV, and how much does an ‘EPL Season Ticket’ cost?
English football witnessed a huge moment on the 20th of June 2020 when Bournemouth played host to Crystal Palace.
The much talked about moment was the first time a top-flight game was shown on free-to-air TV here in the United Kingdom since 1988.
Unlike the 2020/21 Premier League season, the 2021/22 campaign will get going again under it’s reverted ways with fans having watch Sky Sports, BT Sport, and Amazon through a paywall again.
The BBC will no longer show any top flight games, and instead, each weekend, as many as six Premier League matches will be moved to be shown on Sky Sports or BT Sport.
The main kick-off times for TV matches are 12:30pm and 5:30pm on Saturdays, while it’s 2pm and 4:30pm on Sundays, and 8pm on Mondays.
For up to 10 matches each season, there is also a Friday night 8pm TV slot.
Other matches may also be moved to Sunday, usually because one of the teams involved played in a Europa League fixture the preceding Thursday.
This can sometimes result in midday, 2:15pm and 4:30pm. Sunday kick-offs, with the 12:00 game sometimes being broadcast on BT Sport. The 2:15 p.m. game will sometimes kick off at 2pm.
Sky Sports will almost always show a Saturday 5:30pm as well as a Sunday 4:30pm game live, typically following a Sunday 2pm or 2:15pm kick off as part of a Super Sunday double-bill.
Two matches per midweek round usually also gets picked for live broadcast by BT Sport on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at either 7:30pm or 8:15pm.
The only two exceptional cases are the opening midweek round and Boxing Day where all 10 games from each round are shown by Amazon Prime Video.
BT Sport broadcasts live Premier League games at 12:30pm on Saturdays.
Each broadcaster is subjected to restrictions on the number of times they can show each team live per season to ensure fair distribution of TV revenue. Similarly, each team must appear at least once in each TV slot.
With talk very much on the cost of having access to all 200 live games, check out just how much the price will set fans back.
When you multiply this number by the ten months in which the season gets played out over, it comes to a total of an eye-watering £560.
This is a pricey figure which shockingly is more expensive than actual season tickets sold by multiple Premier League clubs including the likes of Everton, Leeds, Southampton and Leicester.
It’s also worth stating that this number represents better value for money for fans of clubs who are competition in a European competition, where matches will again be exclusive to BT Sport, who had broadcasted coverage of the Emirates FA Cup, though it’s understood that it will move to ITV for the 2021/22 season.
You may have noticed that Sky Sports’ coverage of other European football has gone rather quiet, dropping away ever so slowly in recent years, with the likes of Premier Sports and FreeSports taking over and snapped up rights to competitions such as La Liga, Polish Ekstraklasa and Danish Superliga.
Sky Sports have a model instead which remains focused in being able to show the majority of Premier League matches (128) while they also are able to televise matches from the Carabao Cup.
The last thing mentioning however is that most deals issued by Sky and BT tie customers down a fixed-term contract – 18 months for Sky and 24 months for BT Sport.
While you think the cost of £560 cost is shocking, it’s actually more closer to being between £1,000 and £1,350.
For those wondering about the flexible options, both Sky and BT have an introduction of contract-free options which pretty much is the route to go down for those who aren’t exactly satisfied with the fixed-terms.
Sky Sports have been offering NOW TV as a short-term solution for a fair few years now, and if you’re with BT, they’ve also got in on the act by introducing a Monthly Pass, which will cost customers £25.
How much does an ‘EPL Season Ticket’ cost?
Arsenal – £2,755*
Aston Villa – £595
Brighton – £535
Burnley – £580
Chelsea – £1,250
Crystal Palace – £600
Everton — £420
Fulham – £340
Leeds United – £349
Leicester City – £565
Liverpool – £869
Manchester City – £900
Manchester United – £950
Newcastle United – £811
Sheffield United – £403
Southampton – £399
Tottenham Hotspur- £1,895
West Bromwich Albion – £359
West Ham United – £1,200
Wolves – £658