The Times Closes Door On Online Soccer Coverage

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  In this photo illustration a copy of The Times newspaper rests on a computer on August 7, 2009 in London. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has announced that they will charge for online access to The Sunday Times as an experiment.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

EPL Talk reported in April that the days of free articles on the Times were soon coming to an end. It now seems as if the Times have taken the first big step in keeping good on their promise by closing it’s online website,, last Tuesday. For me, the move seems slightly odd considering the Times could loose substantial online viewership during the next month as the World Cup continues to be played out in South Africa.

The new (soon to be pay) site, is now up and running with a different look and feel. Readers who have a registered account with the Times can still view articles without paying, but only for a short period of time until the site becomes fully closed to non-paying viewers in the near future. If you’re a fan of some of the great writers on the Times and have decided you’ll not pay for content, it seems now is the beginning of the end of your love affair with the Times.

The move will of course affect readers moving forward after the World Cup is over as well as throughout the next few weeks. Again, it just seems slightly odd that the Times would start limiting how many people can access their content during such a huge month for online traffic. The Times features some of the best writers and personalities in football including Patrick Barclay, Oliver Kay and Gabriele Marcotti, to name a few. I’m also quite interested in seeing how the site will look once the pay wall is implemented and just really how much extra bonus content paying customers will receive. Will the Times really be able to out slug their competitors in the UK?

Will the Times allow football fans who aren’t paying for the service any contenet at all? Will other online news sources follow in the Times footsteps? Also, what of the Times bad timing in pulling their site down in the middle of a World Cup? Make sure to check back with EPL Talk for all the latest news and a full review of the new pay wall when it goes live.

7 thoughts on “The Times Closes Door On Online Soccer Coverage”

  1. Well, they can count on me to not be using their site the minute they start charging

    Nothing they will write will be something I can’t find elsewhere

  2. It’s essential — for all of us — that professional journalism finds a way to survive in the digital age. There’s too much at stake for it to go away.

    The Times, along with a growing number of media outlets, is bargaining that a smaller paid subscriber base will be more lucrative than a larger base of no-paying lurkers. So when some of you say, “Well, I won’t be reading it anymore, then,” you’re not really hurting the Times — not in any way they haven’t already accounted for, at least.

  3. Their should be subsidies for print journalism just like there are for NPR, BBC, RTE, and the like. Healthy republics require a free press available to all citizens not just those that are moneyed enough to afford consumer luxuries. This is a bad solution to the economic crisis facing journalism.

    Does this mean that the Game and the Bugle will no longer be available to poor people as well?

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