On Thursday the 26th March (next week) there will be a #ShareTVWealth demonstration at the Premier League shareholders meeting in London, organised by the Football Supporters Federation (FSF).
Football supporters will meet at the Le Méridien hotel (21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH) on Thursday 26th March at midday, where representatives from all of the 20 Premier League shareholders clubs will be meeting.
The demonstration is a call for the Premier League clubs to provide a great share of their latest broadcasting deal to the rest of the football pyramid and most importantly to supporters (there is no excuses for not lowering ticket prices across the board).
MOMS and Brigada 1874 both represented Villa supporters at the last FSF organised march in London, that time to the Premier League Office (details of that here) to demonstrate on the issue of ticket prices.
While Thursday is a tricky day for anybody to attend, if you’re London-based and not working that day pop along. Or if you’re in the area, lend your support in your lunch break!
The Football Supporters’ Federation Demo Details
- Date/venue/time: Le Méridien (21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH) on Thursday 26th March (midday) – map here. Fans should gather directly outside the main entrance. The meeting is arranged by the PL, we’re targeting it to deliver our message but have no control over when/where it takes place. The nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus.
- Why does this matter to all fans? Because the Premier League have recently signed a new TV deal worth £5.14bn for the domestic rights alone. We want to lobby club owners, chairman, and chief executives to #ShareTVWealth – that means cheaper tickets for fans and a fairer distribution of football’s wealth throughout the Football League, non-league, and grassroots. Fans of all clubs must back this argument as we want to make sure everyone benefits from this huge windfall, not just top-flight players, agents, and owners. From fans of the biggest clubs to the smallest, we want to see you to deliver the message directly PL shareholders.
As FSF chief executive Kevin Miles pointed out in this open letter sent to all clubs, the increase alone over the last domestic deal equates to around £46 for every fan, at every PL game.
The FSF has campaigned on ticket prices for many years, and we have actually made some headway, but there’s still more to be done and all fans need to speak up. A couple of years ago we launched Twenty’s Plenty for Away Fans which called for clubs to cap away tickets at £20 on a reciprocal basis. Last season that saved 31,807 fans a total of £342,260.
Ticket campaigns by ourselves and affiliated fan-group members such as Spirit of Shankly helped create an environment where the Premier League also saw fit to introduce the £12m Away Fans Initiative. £200,000 per club, per season is spent on away supporters with the best deals subsidising tickets and travel – see what your club spent it on here.
Actions for fans
- Register for the #ShareTVWealth demo in central London on Thursday 26th March via email@example.com.
- Sign the #ShareTVWealth petition which automatically emails your club to demand cheaper tickets and more money for lower league/grassroots.
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