Comic book writer Mark Millar has come up with a radical idea that will allow fans of lower league Scottish football clubs to stream footage of their games to fans whilst they cannot attend matches.
As reported by BBC Sport, Millar has put £18,000 of his own money into the service for lower league clubs, called Pixellot.
This will see AI (Artificial Intelligence) cameras film the matches, allowing supporters from all over the world to see the games through an app.
Referees will also involved in this new scheme, as instead of writing things likes timings of goals and bookings into a book they will write it into an app.
22 clubs set to use streaming service
The report claims that 22 of Scotland’s lower league clubs will use this new technology when the leagues kick off next season.
Millar’s idea has to go down as one of the most radical in Scottish football for a long time.
Indeed, it could even be said that it can take Scottish football into the modern digital age.
At the moment, Scottish football is having to use technology whilst fans are not able to attend games. This was always going to the case in the Scottish Premiership.
Fans were always going to get the chance to watch games on pay-per-view from their own home.
However, that was not guaranteed for teams in the lower leagues of Scottish football.
Now it seems like it is, thanks to Millar and the money he has put in to this streaming venture.
As the lower leagues in Scottish football don’t get underway the 17th of October, there is enough time to get the streaming and app underway and up and running with a few tests.
Millar is confident that the service will attract new fans to the Scottish game.
“A new golden age for Scottish football”
“What we’d considered at first to be a rescue package is hopefully going to create a new generation of fans and a new golden age for Scottish football” he said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“I love the idea that somebody in Nebraska becomes an Albion Rovers fan because they’ve got access to this.”
Maybe that might be going too far to suggest that lower league Scottish sides will get new fans in America, but you never know.
The bottom line is, this is a very good idea and hopefully it is a big success going forward.