Premier League TV blackout restrictions broken after Arsenal match delayed by half an hour
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Premier League TV blackout restrictions broken after Arsenal match delayed by half an hour

Premier League TV blackout restrictions broken after Arsenal match delayed by half an hour

On the opening weekend of the Premier League season, the 3pm curfew rule was violated when Arsenal vs. Nottingham Forest began after 3pm.

The match was scheduled to begin at 12.30 p.m., but due to turnstile issues at the Emirates, thousands of supporters were forced to wait outside. It is believed that the issue stemmed from problems with the new electronic ticketing that Arsenal introduced this season.

As a consequence, the start time was pushed back to 1 p.m. As a consequence of new regulations requiring matches to include extra added time, it was still going on after 3 p.m.

The longstanding blackout rule prohibits live television and Internet broadcasts of matches contested between 2.45 and 5.15 p.m. Today’s contest was broadcast on TNT Sports, formerly known as BT Sport. Despite the circumstances, coverage continued uninterrupted.

Some individuals have demanded that the curfew rule be eliminated. Richard Masters, the chief executive officer of the Premier League, stated earlier this year that he did not anticipate a rule change in the immediate future.

However, there has been discussion of relaxing it for women’s soccer, and the FA is investigating the matter. This fall, the men’s premier league will commence the bidding process for the next three-year domestic TV rights cycle beginning in 2025-26.

Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka scored in the opening half to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory. Taiwo Awoniyi scored an equalizer for Forest in the 82nd minute, with the Gunners holding on for the final seven minutes.

It continues Arsenal’s strong start to the season, which began with last weekend’s Community Shield victory over defending champion Manchester City.

Premier League TV blackout restrictions broken after Arsenal match delayed by half an hour