The Elite League has released the following statement warning fans not to use streaming apps at any of their games:
“We would like to remind all fans that it is illegal to stream any portion of games without prior permission from the league.
“In recent weeks there has been an increase in the number of occasions when matches have been shown using the app Periscope.
“This is a breach of copyright and will be taken very seriously by all clubs in the Elite League.
“Anyone found to be live streaming games without prior agreement will be banned from attending games across the league.
“As a league it is important we embrace the ever-changing world of social media, but at the same time we have also protect our product.”
There has been a mixed reaction from fans on social media:
Interesting approach from @officialEIHL to "restrict illegal streaming" to "protect the product". Don't necessarily agree.
— Patrick Smyth (@patricksmyth) January 27, 2016
I've never thought, "you know what, I'm going to skip going to an EIHL to watch pixelated, spotty coverage of a game on Periscope".
— Jon Rowson (@JonRowson) January 27, 2016
See the EIHL's point but are people streaming whole games on Periscope? Having people film short clips on their phone shouldn't be an issue
— Anthony Russell (@84arussell) January 27, 2016
@officialEIHL is a grainy periscope recording really gonna impact attendance. Eihl needs to embrace multimedia not shun it like some teams
— Christopher Bell (@bell592) January 27, 2016
I simply don't understand why people are upset the EIHL has stopped people streaming live games for free on Periscope.
— Stephen Dowson (@thedows) January 27, 2016
In Aug 2015 Periscope had 10 Million users. But as long as a few hundred see 1 game a month on Premier Sports everything's fine right EIHL?
— Panthers Banter (@NPanthersBanter) January 27, 2016
What a village league the EIHL is. This whole Periscope thing is quite frankly embarrassing.
— Andrew Enticott (@enticottak) January 27, 2016