Is 2020/21 Going To Be A Lost Season or Will It Change Football Forever?

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge say on football over the last seven months. For the very top of the game, it’s seen stadiums locked and the TV cameras the only live spectators. For those down the food chain at the foot of the Football League and in non-league, it’s seen sides enter survival mode.

In fact, even Lyon, one of France’s biggest sides, is having to lighten the wage bill due to the pandemic. It’s hit the football world hard, just like any other industry, and with billions of fans worldwide it could completely change how we consume the beautiful game, for better or worse.

Of course, the major change at present is how fans watch. Liverpool won their first top flight title for 30 years last season, and did so with nobody in the ground. The presentation was entirely for the cameras. Fans had to watch on television, in groups of six or less and as a household.

That isn’t what football is about. It’s about community, and no matter what club you support, if you put yourself in those shoes it is a massive shame.

But is it the first of something we may need to get used to? Liverpool are firm favourites with Meilleurs jeux au casino and bookmakers for the league again, while Brentford, Sunderland and Salford City are all favourites in their respective leagues in the Football League, none of which are allowing fans through the gates.

For the top flight in particular, it could prove an influential transition. For the last few years television has been more and more a part of the game. The rise of watching on television and second screening with social media or the best usa online casino platform has been huge. It’s growing into a phenomenon, and the fact all fans have to now watch at home is fast forwarding that trend.

You can now watch every game live. Which has proven important for a number of industries. The betting industry in particularly are seeing a rise in in-play betting due to more games available to watch, while of course brands looking to advertise on TV and on the electronic advertising boards is also more appealing than ever before.

It could be something many fans get used to too. Why spend £600+ on a season ticket, especially in such difficult economic times, when you can watch at home for a monthly subscription fee which is considerably less?

The wavering of the 3pm live TV kick off law is the first step to football broadcasting being changed forever.

In the short term, people will flock back to grounds. Just as people will comedy shows or music concerts. These are parts of culture we’ve hugely missed.

You can see by the rise in non-league attendances over the last month that there’s an appetite to get back to live football. Which is great news for them, but it won’t last forever.

The comfort of home has already had a large impact on attendances in the Football League prior to the pandemic. Is this the changing of football forever, are more clubs going to fall the way of Macclesfield and Bury, or should it more act as a warning? A warning that if the game itself doesn’t change, if the authorities continue to chase the sponsorship and TV money, then the FA may be reducing the 72 clubs in its divisions significantly.