Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A new Football League blackout at 3pm could be REMOVED due to radical new changes proposed by EFL boss Rick Parry

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The power failure of the FOOTBALL LEAGUE at 3 p.m. could soon be canceled.

The long-standing ruling has been in force since the 1960s and prohibits the broadcast of live football in England on Saturday afternoons between 2:45 and 5:15 p.m.

It was introduced and continued because it was feared that screening top games would lead to smaller crowds further down the pyramid.

Uefa has given the green light to all nations, but only England, Scotland and Montenegro continue to do so.

However, EFL chairman Rick Parry has announced that he is ready to end the 3pm power blackout in this country.

However, a change will not occur until 2024, when the next TV rights cycles begin.

Speaking to PA, Parry said, “I don’t see (an end to the blackout) as essential. Still, I’m not necessarily ruling it out.

“We are almost unique in Europe when it comes to a blackout phase. I’m not assuming that it will work, but if we’re looking for streaming, new technologies and new channels, we probably have to be open-minded when it comes to scheduling.

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“And I know we’re definitely going to be looking at these things at EFL. Our TV deal expires in 2024 and, unusually, we’ll be ahead of the Premier League.

“Our employees are already investing a lot of time and effort in researching developments and exploring various potential strategies.”

Manchester United fans were furious last month when Cristiano Ronaldo’s impressive two-goal return for the club against Newcastle was not broadcast live on those shores due to the rule.

The EFL is believed to be interested in linking its rights to the Premier League and receiving a quarter of all revenue.

This is an attempt to end the huge drop in income suffered by relegated players from the top division.

The EFL temporarily lifted the rule during the coronavirus pandemic as fans were banned from participating in games.

They screened games through their own D2C streaming service iFollow, but the games were removed from the service at the beginning of the current campaign.

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