REVEALED: Premier League Box Office ratings were ‘disastrous’ as chiefs prepare to negotiate major turnaround at £ 14.95 per game fees
- The Premier League’s pay-per-view program could be dropped on Tuesday
- The 20 clubs meet to discuss what to do after backlash against the attack
- Fans donated to charity instead of paying the extortionate price of £ 14.95
- Some Box Office games have been reported to have ‘extremely low’ audience counts
- Burnley and West Brom’s 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns was the worst flop
Fans of the Premier League have largely rejected the £ 14.95 tariff for watching matches, with ratings threatening to cause a major reconsideration.
The pay-per-view scheme met a huge backlash, with many supporters even willing to forgo their club’s game and donate their money to charity.
Top clubs will meet on Tuesday to discuss scrapping the fee or lowering the price, embarrassing broadcasters and the Premier League alike by the anger it has drawn.
Premier League Box Office games have reportedly attracted ‘extremely low’ ratings
The league and broadcasters have been embarrassed by the backlash against the £ 14.95
Burnley’s visit to the Hawthorns to take on West Brom was the least watched match
Burnley’s 0-0 draw against West Brom last Monday was watched by an ‘exceptionally low’ viewership and was the worst flop, according to the Mirror.
However, the plan has reportedly turned in some successful figures, with Newcastle v Manchester United and Arsenal v Leicester drawing in large audiences.
Fans ‘groups, including the Football Supporters’ Association, have begged the Premier League to reconsider compensation.
Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle was still a success for the pay-per-view scheme
BT Sports has blamed the Premier League for the extortionate price of £ 14.95, claiming the plan ‘damages their reputation’.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is another who has publicly ruined the plan by calling the charge ‘unacceptable’ and suggesting it be lowered to £ 4.95.
Boycotts have been successful, with Liverpool fans donating enough rounds of £ 14.95 to raise £ 81,000 instead of watching the clash between the Reds Sky Sports Box Office and Sheffield United.
The next round of games to hit the Box Office channels this weekend is Aston Villa vs Southampton and Tottenham vs Brighton on Sunday, while Fulham vs West Brom is a Monday night kickoff.