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First Division clubs asked by FAI to not charge for streams

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

20:30 29 Jul 2020

It’s been reported that the FAI will not allow SSE Airtricity First Division clubs to charge for live streams of matches.

The FAI recently launched its own WatchLOI streaming service. 

Patrons are charged €55 (€69) for the ability to stream all remaining SSE Airtricity Premier Division games this season.

First Division games are not currently scheduled to be covered on WatchLOI.

However, an FAI representative has told OTB Sports that First Division sides will receive payment from the service.

The second tier resumes on Friday with four matches, including Bray Wanderers' meeting with Cobh Ramblers, and UCD's clash with Longford.

Some First Division sides had already invested in broadcasting equipment with pay-per-view streams seen as a way to partially make up for the financial hit of playing behind closed doors. 

Drogheda United and Galway United are just two of the sides who had been actively exploring streaming options.

Galway said this week, "To ensure that all of our fans have the opportunity to see our home matches, we will be live streaming all of our home games via our official website.

"Season ticket holders will be given free access to all of these streamed matches and other fans may avail of it for a nominal fee to help cover the cost of the production as well as support our club."

With the limit on 200 people attending games, and social distancing measures to be observed, Galway say just 53 people will be allowed watch Friday's game with Cabinteely.

Clubs are still permitted to seek donations.

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