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Blackout rule under threat

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Concern is being expressed about the possible removal of the 3pm broadcast blackout rule.   It is argued that it would reduce attendances at lower league and non-league clubs.

Such clubs consider that when they are up against midweek televised matches, attendances decrease. Of course, there are other factors involved such as work commitments and the lack of incentive to come out on a cold, dark night to a draughty ground.

The rule has diminished the number of 3 pm kick offs in the Premier League and led to the staging of matches at times that are inconvenient for fans.  Often the most attractive matches are played on a Sunday.