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Premier League Issue Crackdown On Illegal Streaming

Premier League Issue Crackdown On Illegal Streaming
By Gavin Cooney

The Premier League is currently more lucrative than ever: the last television deal exceeded an absurd £5 billion. Despite its commercial success, some serious challenges lie ahead. In spite of their almighty outlay, Sky Sports' viewing figures for English football are declining this season. It became relatively big news earlier in the season, as the Daily Mail splashed the decline in figures across their newspaper: figures had dropped by 19% over the first two months of the season. 

Sky responded with relative calm, citing the "illegal streaming of matches, a hot summer, and the rival attraction of the Olympics" as reasons behind the decline, confident that the passing of the latter two would lead to an increase in ratings.

Second Captains' Ken Early, however, has pointed to a longer-term trend that is not too great for Sky:

The proliferation of clips across the internet, along with the development of illegal streams mean that fewer and fewer people are tuning into the satellite broadcasters. The Premier League are definitely concerned by this, and today, they took steps to begin the shutting down of illegal streams, via a High Court order.

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A deeper exploration of the decline in viewing figures, and what they will ultimately lead to, can be read here. 

See Also: Sky Bosses May Not Be Delighted With Jamie Carragher's Flippant Half-Time Remark 
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