The SPFL are likely to sanction the use of pay-per-view streams for one-off matches, potentially opening the door to greater revenue for clubs in the Scottish Premiership while the season goes ahead behind closed doors, The Scottish Sun reports.
Before now, only the ‘virtual season ticket’ concept has been available to supporters, allowing regular season ticket holders access to broadcasts online of upcoming matches in the top-flight.
While that initiative is positive, there has been a cap on the number that can have access, relative to last term’s season ticket sales.
There’s also been a restriction on non-season ticket holders having the ability to watch games.
That restriction now looks to be scrapped, with Sky Sports reportedly willing to give permission for clubs to sell pay-per-view streams of one-off matches as long as they are not already being broadcast live on television.
That would rule out the majority of Celtic’s away matches, which are likely to be live on Sky, but might open up the option for the club to sell home streams on weekends the broadcaster chooses not to air Hoops action.
However, that has yet to be confirmed and Celtic may well choose to protect the value of its season ticket offering and continue to restrict non-season ticket holders from purchasing games online.
At the very least it’s good news for the rest of the Scottish Premiership, who could use this to generate income on non-televised games.
Any revenue stream in Scottish football should be greatly welcomed right now and hopefully this makes a difference to those who need it.
Ultimately what everyone wants is to return to stadiums in person, when it is safe to do so.