Our View: Celtic silence over PPV streams is deafening
Another day is about to pass, and Celtic are yet to reveal whether they will offer non season ticket holders the chance to watch matches from Celtic Park.
Of course no fans are allowed into the stadium on matchdays at present, with season ticket holders instead having to watch games on an internet stream.
After forking out hundreds of pounds with no guarantees, that’s the very least they deserve.
But what about the non season ticket holders? Will they get the chance to see the team play in home matches.
Celtic will have to make PPV decision soon
Celtic’s decision over pay per view (PPV) could be delayed due to the fact that our Flag Day opener against Hamilton was on Sky Sports – and therefore ineligible for the PPV treatment.
But on 15th August we host Aberdeen at 3pm. Thousands of season ticket holders will tune into that on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ but will other fans be invited to the party?
Season ticket holders are the lifeblood, and the key revenue generators, of the club. But that doesn’t mean that other fans should be forgotten about.
Buying a season ticket was almost impossible this season.
As we told you late last month, the club sold a record number of season tickets this year.
👏 We are delighted to announce that we have hit record numbers for our Season Ticket sales!
Thank you to every single supporter who has bought a #CelticFC ST – we can't wait for the season to kick off and we hope to have you back in Paradise as soon as we can 💚
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) July 28, 2020
That made it pretty hard for any new fans to get on board.
It’s also expensive to purchase a season ticket, and many fans will struggle to put down that sort of money, especially during a global pandemic when many jobs have been lost.
Money is tight and some can only afford certain games. So the club should still offer this option and generate some extra revenue in the mean time.
When Hibernian decided not to allow PPV for their opener against Kilmarnock they cited the reason of protecting the value for their season ticket holders. (Hibernian website)
If Celtic are thinking of doing the same they should remember that season ticket holders will get back into games at some point this season – while others won’t get that chance.
It’s a tough one for the club and I do have sympathy.
We’ll get some sort of decision prior to the game at home to Aberdeen a week on Saturday.