Streams and musing on fate ....

#1
The angst around the telecasting of matches made me think of something that I had not realized previously.

My Cherries journey started just about 5 years .... Nov 2015. It was a Saturday morning, golf season was at an end. I was channel surfing and saw a listing on TSN or Sportsnet, Premier League soccer, AFC Bournemouth. TSN/SN are sports packages which are typically included in a cable TV package here.

I was curious, knew Bournemouth had a team but wasn't aware that they were in the PL. Started watching mid-way through the first half, thought "this is pretty good". At the half, the announcers said that AFCB was a really good story, don't expect them to stay in the PL but put on a good show/play goodfootball. Kept watching, and was floored as this first match of my Cherries "career" turned out to be the classic 3-3 v. Everton.

From that point I was hooked, and remain so to today. But, it occurred to me ..........

If the PL was not on "free TV" back then, I almost certainly would never have come this way. And, even if that match had been a free "teaser" but I had to pay for ensuing matches, I still would have been unlikely to become a supporter.

Since then, we had one year of DAZN ($150 for all PL games) and now this AFCBLive/DAZN combo for about $400 for what looks like "most" Championship games.

Conclusion
Isn't fate/chance a weird thing to get me to this point. Really a case of the butterfly flapping its wings.

Conclusion 2
I wonder how many other erstwhile "Torontos" will never get the opportunity to become a supporter because of the greedy Leagues/broadcasters that now dominate sports.
 
#2
In a way though we cant have it both ways. The PL sell overseas rights, and the companies clearly have every right to put that in pay packages.

EFL similarly sell games albeit at much reduced levels,and of course this season is very different until fans can go back.
 
#3
Frustrating problem here is, EFL may also sell overseas rights, but in many countries (mine!) the content owners don't show all the EFL matches. Yet the club (or the EFL?) still blacks them out on AFCBTV live.
So the whole streaming thing is a big snafu unfortunately, with the actual situation that it is legally impossible to watch our games in many countries, for the supposed reason that the game is already legally available.
It's a joke, and it's not gaining us any new fans.
 
#5
The angst around the telecasting of matches made me think of something that I had not realized previously.

My Cherries journey started just about 5 years .... Nov 2015. It was a Saturday morning, golf season was at an end. I was channel surfing and saw a listing on TSN or Sportsnet, Premier League soccer, AFC Bournemouth. TSN/SN are sports packages which are typically included in a cable TV package here.

I was curious, knew Bournemouth had a team but wasn't aware that they were in the PL. Started watching mid-way through the first half, thought "this is pretty good". At the half, the announcers said that AFCB was a really good story, don't expect them to stay in the PL but put on a good show/play goodfootball. Kept watching, and was floored as this first match of my Cherries "career" turned out to be the classic 3-3 v. Everton.

From that point I was hooked, and remain so to today. But, it occurred to me ..........

If the PL was not on "free TV" back then, I almost certainly would never have come this way. And, even if that match had been a free "teaser" but I had to pay for ensuing matches, I still would have been unlikely to become a supporter.

Since then, we had one year of DAZN ($150 for all PL games) and now this AFCBLive/DAZN combo for about $400 for what looks like "most" Championship games.

Conclusion
Isn't fate/chance a weird thing to get me to this point. Really a case of the butterfly flapping its wings.

Conclusion 2
I wonder how many other erstwhile "Torontos" will never get the opportunity to become a supporter because of the greedy Leagues/broadcasters that now dominate sports.
Regarding your conclusion #2, not all erstwhile Torontos have been able to share in the great experience you’ve enjoyed over the last five years simply because they did not stumble upon the Cherries in the way that you did. As you say, the case of the butterfly flapping its wings.