Price of watch­ing EPL fall­ing, BBC sur­vey now shows

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

LON­DON / The cost of watch­ing Pre­mier League foot­ball has fallen ac­cord­ing to a BBC sur­vey, which found that more than two thirds of ticket prices have been ei­ther cut or frozen this sea­son.

The BBC’s Price of Foot­ball sur­vey found that an away ticket in the sec­ond tier Cham­pi­onship can now be more ex­pen­sive than for a Pre­mier League match, with top-flight clubs hav­ing capped prices for vis­it­ing fans at £30 (Sh3,793).

“Clubs are lis­ten­ing to their fans and work­ing hard to make sure that Pre­mier League foot­ball is ac­ces­si­ble as well as com­pet­i­tive and com­pelling,” the Pre­mier League said in a state­ment.

The fall in ticket prices comes in the first sea­son of the Pre­mier League’s bumper new £8 bil­lion (Sh1,01Tr) global tele­vi­sion rights deal.

The sur­vey found that the av­er­age cost of the cheap­est adult home Pre­mier League ticket has de­creased by six per­cent from £30.95 (Sh3,915) to £29.05 (Sh3,675), while a cap of £30 on away tick­ets has led to the av­er­age cost of the most ex­pen­sive away ticket drop­ping 37 per­cent from £46.44(Sh5,877) to £29.44 (Sh3,727).

This is now lower than the av­er­age cost of the most ex­pen­sive away ticket in the Cham­pi­onship (£31.57 - Sh3,996).

Mal­colm Clarke, chair­man of the Foot­ball Sup­port­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion, how­ever, sug­gested prices could still be cut fur­ther and not harm clubs fi­nan­cially.

“On their cur­rent £8.3 bil­lion (Sh1,05Tr) deal, the Pre­mier League could af­ford to let ev­ery sin­gle fan in free for ev­ery game and still have as much money as they had un­der the pre­vi­ous deal,” he was quoted as say­ing by the BBC. “That gives you an idea of the scale of the amount of money they have got.”

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