China and USA Amongst 20 Countries To Agree Newcastle TV Coverage
Newcastle United’s pre-season tournament in New Zealand will be broadcast live to over twenty countries around the World.
Organisers have agree deals to show the four team tournament to viewers in China, the United States, France, Norway, Portugal and Canada, amongst others.
Newcastle face Sydney FC on July 23 in Dunedin, while there is a double header in Wellington on July 26 when Newcastle face hosts Wellington Phoenix and West Ham play Aussie side Sydney FC (West Ham playing Phoenix in Auckland on July 23).
When it comes to local fans seeing the matches though, viewers in New Zealand will only be able to watch via pay per view. Wellington’s general manager David Dome explaining that reasons are twofold; to raise extra revenue through the PPV revenue, whilst also encouraging more locals to buy tickets and come to the matches rather than having the option of watching free at home.
With prices of 25 Australian dollars (around £14) for one match and forty dollars (around £22) for all four, it isn’t cheap for friendlies.
Local broadcaster Sky Arena’s John McRae was in buoyant mood describing the upcoming tournament and not holding back in the positive selling angles;
“Seeing the Football United Tour live on Sky Arena enables sports fans to see our home team compete against two of the world’s best professional football teams and hopefully see Sydney FC get a good pasting; who wouldn’t want to watch that!”
With Mike Ashley having dragged my expectations down to less than zero, it has given me a right lift to now find out Newcastle are one of, “…the world’s best professional football teams!”
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