BBC Radio 5 live Daily surveyed 1,000 Premier League fans – feel like we should have Les Dennis for this next bit…
…and just over one in three of the fans asked revealed they regularly stream Premier League matches illegally via the internet or Kodi boxes.
The truth is, especially amongst us avocado-buying millennials, it’s a lot higher. And we don’t care; fighting back against the establishment and all that, with Jeremy Corbyn leading the charge – that’s the narrative that gets spread, right?!
Safety in numbers seems to be the consensus here, though: can they really sue and imprison us all? What about all those dodgy pub landlords who have the 3pm games on a Saturday streaming?
If anything, this survey shouldn’t be seen as a wake up call to those who stream games; it’s a wake up call to the Premier League, to the broadcasters and the corporate muppets.
“People need to be aware that this is no longer a grey area, in fact it is very black and white.
“If you are accessing content for free such as sport, TV and films for which you’d normally need a subscription, or go to the cinema, or buy a DVD, this is illegal.
“As the old saying goes, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.”
Kieron Sharp, director general of the Federation against Copyright Theft (Fact),
— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) July 4, 2017
In America, due to the lack of monopolisation of the broadcast rights/not happy to bend football fans over a barrel, you can watch any 3pm Saturday Premier League game (can’t imagine the demand for Brighton & Hove Albion versus Huddersfield Town is big, though).
Whereas in England, a 4:45pm GMT El Clasico Saturday kick-off means we are forced to miss the first 15 minutes because it’s illegal to show live football between 3-5pm. Shambles.
Sky have recently announced a change in the package they’ll offer, with the broadcaster now being forced to compete with services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix’s low monthly cost.
It’s a start. But until us football fans aren’t punished for wanting to watch football, make sure you embrace the advert pop-ups, embrace the rogue Russian commentary on your streams and, most importantly, get as many people round your house as possible to watch them.
Ohhhhh, Jeremy Corbyn…