– These matches that the English could not see live
Matches from the world’s most expensive division cannot be seen live on television by their own local fans. Explanation.
Headphones crackle. Notifications accumulate and they fill the rare gaps between the various songs of the 232 fans of Yeovil Town, who made the trip from Solihull, in the suburbs of Birmingham. It is a Saturday in November, it is 3 p.m. and the sun is about to set. They are 1607 to have gratified with their presence this match of Conference Premier, the fifth local level. They would undoubtedly be much less without the very English specificity of the “blackout” of Premier League matches, on Saturdays, between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. local time.