Poverty-stricken Premier League clubs are allegedly losing around £1million worth of sponsorship EVERY game because of illegal streaming, a new study claims.
The ‘unique’ study, commissioned by an unnamed Premier League side, found that games in England’s top division attracted an average illegal audience of 7.1 million viewers.
And with the majority of these viewers coming from thriving nations such as Vietnam and Kenya, cash-strapped Premier League clubs are determined to stamp it out.
The twenty top-flight teams currently depend upon the miserly £4.4billion deals in place with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon and fear that digital piracy could reduce their CEO’s families to fewer than ten lobster-based meals per week.
Here we look at some examples of how this lost revenue could be used by these impoverished clubs:
Arsenal: The Gunners could finally clear-off Jack Wilshere’s medical bills.
Aston Villa: With this sort of extra cash, Dean Smith’s side might be able to cover the costs Tyrone Mings’ fines this season.
Burnley: The additional funds would enable The Clarets to pay Sean Dyche a full-time salary allowing him to quit his evening job as a nightclub bouncer.
Chelsea: The Blues could offer all season ticket holders extensive hypnotherapy to help them forget about the time Chris Sutton played for the club.
Crystal Palace: The Selhurst Park outfit might finally be able to pay off the electric bill ran up by Simon Jordan’s sunbed
Everton: The Toffees could finally afford to splash out on that solid gold statue of Andy van der Meyde
Leicester City: Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha could afford to get his own name printed on the back of his replica Leicester shirt
Liverpool: The extra dough means the Champions League winners could pay for Roberto Firmino’s teeth whitening for a full season.
Manchester City: The Citizens could buy mannequins dressed in club colours to fill their empty seats on matchdays.
Manchester United: The Glazer family could finally have that waterfall feature installed in the 27th bathroom of their Florida mansion.
Newcastle United: The Geordie club would most likely splash out on a new hot tub for Mike Ashley before the end of the transfer window.
Norwich City: The Canaries could write-off Delia Smith’s matchday drinks tab.
Sheffield United: The Bramall Lane outfit could bribe Franck Ribery’s agent.
Tottenham: Spurs could turn their disused trophy room into the swanky cheese room we were promised in the new ground.