I wanted to see what the general consensus was these days on the 3pm Blackout rule for football in the UK. First, just in case anyone wasn't aware why
The reason why you won't see any football broadcast at 3 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon dates back to the 1960s.
Bob Lord, Chairman of Burnley FC, convinced the football league that showing televised games would have impact negatively on his side's attendances and therefore reduce their financial earnings.
Since this time, with the exception of the FA Cup final, between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday, no game - whether played domestically or abroad - can be broadcast on television here in the UK.
Do you think this is still has a place in football in the UK? For those of you who support a lower league club and attend the games, would it make a significant difference if the rule was revoked to your club's attendances if 3pm PL games were shown on TV? Or would it not make too much of a difference given the number of people who stream already these days if they really want to watch a PL game.
Lower league team's attendances aren't overly affected if their game is on at 12:30 or 5:30, i.e. at the same time as a PL game, are they? Or when they coincide with one of the midweek rounds of PL football? It just seems like the rule is incredibly outdated these days and given the introduction of Amazon and them streaming the full quota of PL matches for a couple of weeks this season, hopefully it won't be too long until they abolish the 3pm blackout rule and allow every game to be shown on TV in the UK.
Curious to know what other people think on the matter!