Premier League fans react to potential half-time interval increase

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Lawmakers to discuss half-time interval increase

Football is a forever-changing landscape; sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse.

The Premier League is a prime example of this. But in a sport that for all its innovation, progress, and ability to keep up with the times is still capable of adhering to what makes it unique in so many ways, lawmakers could be set on ushering a new dynamic into the game; longer half-time intervals.

On the surface, some may not see this as the worst thing in the world. How many times have we all rushed from our seats just as – or a minute before – the half-time whistle to stand in the queue at the restroom, to grab food and drink, or to stretch our legs after a rip-roaring, action-packed first-half. Surely, additional time to do one or, or all of, those things would be welcome. But the powers that be in football can hardly be trusted these days as the growing focus continues to revolve around the financial aspects of the sport, especially in the Premier League.

According to MailSport, football lawmakers are set to discuss extending half-time intervals from 15-minutes to 25-minutes. Why? To accommodate the possibility of half-time entertainment.

The IFAB (International Football Association Board) is set to hold a meeting on Thursday, with half-time intervals on the docket with the idea structured around half-time entertainment shows akin to the Super Bowl in the United States during the penultimate NFL game of the season.

Premier League fans react on social media after football lawmakers are set to discuss half-time interval increase

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 02: A general view of Hard Rock stadium as fireworks go off during the half-time show performed by music artists Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in game action during the Super Bowl LIV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, the reality remains that – while fans are hopefully entertained by whatever show that is on offer – this would likely be a move for leagues like the Premier League to garner additional revenue into the coffers via advertising rights that are associated with an extended half-time break.

As an example, half-time breaks in the NFL last 12-minutes but are extended to a half-an-hour during the Super Bowl, with companies rushing to secure 30-second advertising spots during commercial breaks that cost $5.5million.

A similar setup for the FA Cup final or Carabao Cup final offers another revenue stream for football chiefs in England to potentially tap into.

Premier League fans react to potential half-time change

It is hard to suggest that this potential change would be something that the lion’s share of match-going supporters would ardently support. Most – and I speak from personal experience as well – just want to go for the football, the camaraderie, the highs, the lows, and the connection they feel to whatever club they hold closest to their heart.

But how would fans feel if they were subjected to 30-minutes of *insert whatever sub-par musical act you can think of* which they hardly signed up for? See for yourself.

This article was edited by
Ben Browning.

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