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Half of All Football Fans Have Watched Illegal Streams

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:00 am

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Nearly half of football fans say they have illegally streamed a match online, with just over a third admitting to doing so at least once a month. Those are just some of the findings of a new BBC survey which found that 65% of young people engage in football piracy at least once a month.

Being a fan of top-flight football in the UK is an expensive proposition. In 2016, the average price of a season ticket was just shy of £500 a season while watching on TV can cost more than £60 per month.

Of course, there are good reasons for these high prices. Premier League footballers are notoriously highly-paid and with TV rights recently changing hands for more than £5.3bn, money has to be recouped in the most basic of ways – from the fans’ pocket.

While this is a success up to a point, there’s a growing factor upsetting the money men. The rise of online streaming is a thorn in the side of English Premier League, who are having to deal with large numbers of fans obtaining live matches for free via the Internet. But just how many fans are going down this route?

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