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Newcastle Fans Lose Out In New TV Deal

8 years ago
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The Premier League’s new three-year deal with Sky and BT is worth £3bn! This is an 70% increase on the current deal which end next Summer.

All that extra money, surely there can’t be a downside….

Well the club owners will all be rubbing their hands and no doubt players will be anticipating adding yet another zero onto the end of their pay deals but isn’t there somebody else who is part of this football equation?

Oh yes, the fans – it is almost as if they’d been forgotten about.

The treat for the fans who actually go to the games, you know, those people who provide the spectacle and the atmosphere that attracts all of this money into football….the number of televised matches is increasing from 138 to 154.

Why?

When you are in the pub with your mates, has the big topic of conversation been all about how it’s a disgrace that there aren’t enough Premier League matches on TV?

So now the fans who go to matches are going to be even more inconvenienced with an increase of over 10%  in the number of live matches.

After last season I’m assuming that TV chiefs are going to want even more of Newcastle on your screens.

Recent figures confirmed yet again that Newcastle fans had to cover the most miles to watch their team last season, so the real hardcore who follow Newcastle home and away are going to be further penalised.

Remember the deal announced today is only for UK live rights and doesn’t include the ever growing market for overseas rights which are likely to increase significantly from the current £1.4bn when it is renegotiated for the new 2013-2016 deal.

Exactly how BT will show the matches is unclear although they say they will be setting up a new football channel and will be making their games available to other TV platforms.

Sky will continue to show their games on Sundays, Saturdays at 5.30pm and Monday nights. BT will get Saturday 12.45pm kick-offs, midweeks and bank holidays.

It’s great for fans who can’t get there in person but one of the factors that makes English football so good is the tradition of big away supports making for a better atmosphere.

I’ve long thought there should be a trade-off whereby any televised match would mean cheaper tickets for the away fans, as some compensation for being messed about with awkward kick-off times. This would also help to ensure the number of away fans and a subsequent atmosphere.

Compared to the overall TV deal, it would be peanuts to implement this idea but I won’t hold my breath.

Only one reason for increasing the number of matches, greed.

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