Expensive football is why I’ll never move to England

On average, pubs pay around £20,000 per year for both Sky and BT, with the broadcasters basing their fees on the rateable value of each individual pub. The costs are determined by the size of the venue, the wealth of the area and the various services they offer. So large venues in central London will be significantly greater sums than small, rural pubs. Sky and BT responded to the new TV deal by increasing their prices substantially: Sky upped their prices by 10% last summer and BT followed suit with an 8.9% rise.

The Guardian

Watching football in England is an expensive exercise.

I don’t get how a pub pays a TV company more than $1000 a month for TV rights.

For comparison’s sake a premium package offered by DSTV, the local satelite TV company, costs just over $70 a month and it comes with more football than anyone can watch plus maybe a hundred other channels.

Our pubs here also use the same packages to screen TV matches, maybe paying a little bit more to be able to show more than two different channels simultaneously. I would be very surprised if there’s even a single local bar that pays more than $1500 a year to show football.

The Guardian adds:

If an average pint costs £4.50, you might think that selling 35 pints means the pub breaks even, but the net profit on drinks is significantly lower.

Wait. What?

About $6 for a pint? Incredulous. A pint should be $2 tops.

There Comrades, two reasons I will never go to England.