Sky Sports and the EFL are set to ensure supporters don’t miss any of the action when the season returns in September after agreeing a new flexible framework that will ensure league matches are either available for broadcast or streaming whilst in-person access to games is restricted.
The broadcaster (Sky Sports) will show 130 live EFL league matches throughout 2020/21.
Whilst the doors remain shut to fans, or with limited spectators allowed through the turnstiles*, an arrangement exists whereby all QPR matches that are NOT LIVE on Sky Sports will be available to stream on QPR+ for a match pass price of £10.
In addition, QPR Season Ticket holders will, under the EFL’s newly-agreed framework, be provided with QPR+ streaming access to all HOME GAMES and AWAY MIDWEEK games, which will also form part of the club’s wider approach towards season ticket holders. Full details will be announced shortly.
The EFL’s match-by-match streaming and season ticket offer is a TEMPORARY measure that has only been put in place whilst clubs operate at a zero or reduced capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be subject to regular review with the first set for early October.
Subject to clubs choosing to provide streaming access to Season Ticket holders, which QPR will be, this is only available if supporters purchase their 2020/21 ticket by October 4th.
EFL Chief Executive David Baldwin said: “There is no argument that attending live matches is what the League, its Clubs and fans want to see and, clearly, the overriding objective is to get supporters back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, this framework allows our Clubs, if they so wish, to reward their most loyal supporters by providing what we hope is only short-term access to watch their matches.
“It’s important that whilst the doors remain fully, or part shut, we ensure there is the ability for fans of all EFL Clubs to be able to gain access and watch their team and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sky Sports for their support in this matter. Collectively, it’s not our preferred situation but given the circumstances COVID has presented us it gives us a temporary option whilst we finalise our plans for fans returning.”
Sky Bet Championship Streaming
Championship clubs are able to stream any match not shown live on Sky Sports to fans who purchase individual match passes for £10.
By following the EFL’s new framework, QPR will be providing the following live stream access to Season Ticket holders on QPR+:
- All home matches, including those shown live on Sky
- Any midweek away match, including those shown live on Sky
The EFL have stated that clubs are not permitted to provide access to any away weekend match, live on Sky or not, within a season ticket package. Match passes for away weekend fixtures that are not selected by Sky Sports will be available to purchase.
Carabao Cup Streaming
Round One Carabao Cup matches that are not selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports will also be eligible for clubs to stream. These will only be available on a match pass basis at £10 per pass and will only be on sale in the UK.
*The club remains in regular contact with the EFL and Government, in regard to the return of supporters to matches at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. We will provide an update on this in due course.