Sports broadcasting has changed the world of sport for both players and spectators. Sportsmen at the top of their game are seen by more people the world over and although this brings them under greater scrutiny, it also allows them to showcase their talent to a wider audience. For the fan, television has brought sport to their living room and for people who cannot afford to travel the country or the world to support their team it has made sport more accessible.
For supporters of top flight football teams it can be hard on the wallet and difficult to get enough time off work to go to every game. The best teams in England often play more than one game a week and if they have a good run in the UEFA Cup or the Champions League they can be travelling around Europe to the most obscure towns and the furthest flung reaches of the continent.
For English cricket fans it can be even worse, with the national side touring on the other side of the world for weeks on end. Following them around the globe is not only a costly adventure but a very time consuming one. As well as that, with time differences varying across the cricketing sphere some games are broadcast live in the middle of the English night. The Indian Premier League has become a focal point for cricket fans and with games starting early in the morning for GMT viewers, it’s not ideal trying to watch these games live. Television advances now mean that even with games shown at strange times, with a Sky plus box viewers can record the game and then watch it as-live at a more suitable time.
With such television services available this means you can also pause live television if you need to run an errand, answer the door or go for a comfort break; therefore, you don’t need to miss a second of the game. Once you’ve caught up with play you can always get back to real time by skipping through the adverts.
While watching a game on television will never beat the experience of going to a game, it’s clear that whether you want to follow cricket, football or any major sport having Sky+ or even a basic Sky box in your home can allow you to receive the best of the sporting world; this can save you a lot of time and money in the process.