UK Law Prevents Broadcast of FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico: Protecting Stadium Attendance

On Saturday, the Clasico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will not be broadcast in the United Kingdom. The reason? A law that aims to protect stadium attendance!

The first Bellingham Clasico will not be broadcast in England!

The many English football fans who wanted to see the prodigy Jude Bellingham (20 years old) at work during the Clasico, Saturday, between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, risk being disillusioned: the match will not be broadcast in the United Kingdom. United! Or at least, not legally…

No live football on TV on Saturday between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Since 1960, a law has prohibited British television channels from broadcasting live football matches on Saturdays between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. local time. A text promulgated until 2029 and which aims to encourage the filling of Premier League stadiums.

In its current version, remodeled in 1990 (when Sky Sports won the first major broadcasting contract), this blackout begins a quarter of an hour before the matches kick off and ends a little half an hour later, to allow supporters to go to and from the stadium. During this time, fans who do not go to the stadium have the opportunity to follow the match on the radio or watch broadcasts on television which provide commentary and inform viewers of the scores.

La Liga CEO in the UK hopes for an overhaul of the law

So, if the La Liga clash is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. local time, it will be 3:15 p.m. in the UK when it kicks off. Or right in the middle of this prohibited slot, which will make broadcasting the match illegal! “We are disappointed that UK fans will not be able to watch the Clasico this weekend due to the UK’s self-imposed Saturday 3pm rule,” La Liga UK Managing Director Keegan Pierce said. and in Ireland. Even if we fully support the measures aimed at promoting stadium attendance, we believe that the cut should be limited to the television broadcast of national football, and not to foreign competitions, he added.

Although debatable, this law undoubtedly works, given the very high attendance at Premier League stadiums each year. This season, Crystal Palace has the lowest occupancy rate in the championship*, while Selhurst Park is full on average… 94.7%! for comparison, only three Ligue 1 clubs (Lens, Brest, Strasbourg) reach this figure…

Liverpool is at 92.3% average occupancy at Anfield but the stadium is under construction and the capacity is reduced.

2023-10-26 11:58:00
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