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Fans continue to call for consultation on TV selections

This afternoon the Premier League announced its first round of TV selections for the new season (the English Football League also announced their changes earlier this week). The FSF’s Kick-Off Times Working Group has issued the following statement:

Fans respond to 2017/18 PL fixtures

A working group set up under the auspices of the Football Supporters’ Federation, made up of representatives from  Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust and Liverpool’s Spirit of Shankly, has been meeting the broadcasters to fight for a better deal for match-going fans. This group was formed at, and reports to, the 20 fan reps who make up the Premier League Structured Dialogue group. Tim Rolls (Chelsea Supporters’ Trust) explains more on behalf of the working group…

Football clubs facing “demographic time-bomb”

Football clubs are facing a “demographic time-bomb” warned an MP today ahead of a Private Members’ Bill he is putting before the House of Commons tomorrow.

Fan reps open dialogue with Sky

On Wednesday 2nd November a number of top-flight fan representatives met with members of the team at Sky Sports who work across football coverage and fixture scheduling. It is hoped that this is the first of many meetings between match-going fans and broadcasters.

Ofcom closes investigation into Premier League football rights

The FSF welcomes today’s announcement by Ofcom that it will close its investigation into how the Premier League sells live UK media rights for Premier League matches.

Man Utd treating Bournemouth fans “with contempt” say Cherries Trust

Manchester United have been accused of treating AFC Bournemouth fans with “contempt” after refusing to compensate away fans left out-of-pocket by last seasons’ fixture postponement.

Leagues breaking their own “rules” on TV fixture hell

They say rules are there to broken and, in recent weeks, both the Premier League and Football League have been doing just that – breaking their own “rules” at the expense of match-going fans.

Fans must be considered for Football League play-off times

Kick-off times being moved for television has been a hot topic in the top flight for years, but now the issue is blighting lower leagues too. This year’s League 2 Play-offs have evening, mid-week or late Sunday kick-offs, inconveniencing thousands of home and away fans. Tom Raffan, who runs the League 2 Away Days Twitter feed explains more…

Share TV Wealth demo: Thursday 26th March (central London)

The Football Supporters’ Federation will lead a demonstration of fans at the next meeting of the Premier League’s shareholders at Le Méridien Piccadilly (London) on Thursday 26th March (midday). This is a vital demo for fans from ALL leagues – we want to see you there regardless of the club you support.

#shareTVwealth petition

Football and TV kick-off times tracker

The FSF’s TV Kick-Off Times tracker collates our affiliated fan groups views on their club’s away games which have been moved for TV. Using a simple traffic light system FSF affiliates can rate the impact of games moved for TV.

FSF response to Ofcom

Football and TV fixtures

FSF National Council members Ian Todd, Tim Hillyer, and FSF Caseworker Amanda Jacks visited Sky Sports HQ last month to talk football and TV fixture selection. Ian is also the FSF’s representative on the Fixtures Working Party and explains how the meeting went, below…

Fan frustrations at late fixture changes

Last minute fixture changes are a nightmare for many fans, particularly those who follow their teams away or who have long journeys to home games. Travel and time off work all his to be rearranged, sometimes at a few days notice. Blades fan Chris Brook (left) explains how tonight’s Port Vale v Sheffield United clash was moved because Spurs crashed out of the Europa League. Really…

Home Office consultation on World Cup pub hours

The Home Office has today (Thursday 13th March 2014) launched a two week consultation on the proposal to relax licensing hours for England matches in this year’s World Cup. The consultation is open until 11:59pm on 26th March.

Fixture chaos – 10 reasons why games are moved

Complaints relating to rescheduled fixtures are one of the more common that the FSF receives – fixtures are subject to change and that can cause strife.

An open letter to Northumbria Police

Southampton to Sunderland is one of the longer trips in English football so you’d think the authorities would be extra careful when scheduling it, wouldn’t you? Think again. Ten days after the Capital One Cup fixture was confirmed, it was moved on police advice. In an open letter to Northumbria Police, FSF National Council member Ian Todd explains fans’ frustration…

Police move Bradford v Tranmere for EDL march

Thousands of Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers fans have seen matchday plans disrupted after their upcoming game was moved on West Yorkshire Police’s advice to avoid clashing with an English Defence League march.

3pm TV ban on football? Scrap it, argues Gab Marcotti

The Premier League has warned pubs they face legal action for using unauthorised broadcasters to show live games on Saturday afternoons. In this excerpt from The Blizzard Gabriele Marcotti argues that new models are required in the digital age and the 3pm blanket TV ban should be scrapped for the sake of all clubs, especially smaller ones…

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