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The greatness of Match of the Day

The greatness of Match of the Day

In spite of being 2020 and sports content being available myriad ways courtesy of the Internet, one television show in England has stood the test of time and is still one of the most beloved for football fans. Match of the Day has spent the last half century delivering match highlights, interviews, and analysis to fans like no other sports show in the United Kingdom.

No other sports show has had the longevity of Match of the Day as it continues as one of the BBC’s most popular shows. Football fans are gearing up for the final weeks of the Premier League season with a number of top of the table clashes. Liverpool have already been crowned champions but will fancy defeating Manchester City for the second time this season on matchday 32. Fans are debating which team will win and can use betting codes in the US to get a bet bonus before wagering on the team they predict will win.

Match of the Day first aired on August 22, 1964 during a time in which football matches around England were mostly seen live in stadiums. The series’ first show gave fans highlights of a match between Liverpool and Arsenal which took place at Anfield Stadium. The original audience that tuned in was low and reportedly, more people were at Anfield for the match than watched Match of the Day.

It was originally believed that Match of the Day would cause the attendances at football matches across England to fall. This belief caused a number of clubs to attempt to block the BBC’s camera crews from being in stadium. It has long been thought by football clubs in England that more televise exposure would prevent fans from paying for high-priced tickets to watch their favorite teams. However, Match of the Day raised the interest and profile of football in the United Kingdom and did the opposite.

The show’s popularity has grown thanks to airing on the BBC, one of the few free to air channels in the UK. In the 1960s when it first made airwaves, there were even fewer television channels and it was one of those shows sports fans couldn’t wait to watch at the end of every Saturday.

Today, Match of the Day is loved more than ever. Walk into a pub on a Saturday night after a full slate of matches and there is a good chance a group of men of all ages will be standing around a television that is showing the highlights show. Match of the Day has become an institution in the UK unlike any of the sports shows in the United States.

The closest thing to it would be Monday Night Football but even then, the two shows are very different as Match of the Day merely focuses on highlights rather than showing one full game.

Match of the Day may seem outdated to sports fans from outside the UK in 2020. However, it is a show that millions of football fans were raised on and continue to fall in love with every season. With over 5,000 episodes shown, Match of the Day doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.

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