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Why Mike Ashley chose Newcastle United

5 years ago

It is official, Newcastle United are Box Office.

Yes, no matter how average the results or mediocre the football, for some reason the TV companies can’t get enough of NUFC.

The decision by BT Sport to show Newcastle’s match at Leicester on May 2, means that United will have been on Live TV for exactly half of their Premier League matches this season.

On Thursday, both BT Sport and Sky confirmed the remaining live broadcasts for the rest of the season, with only the final day of the campaign to be decided at the last minute.

Though it is hard to see how an at best mid-table clash between Newcastle and West Ham will catch the eye.

So 19 times live on TV, with Sky showing United 12 times and BT Sport with 7, how though does that compare with previous seasons?

19  2014/15

14  2013/14

16  2012/13

18  2011/12

16  2010/11

The season of 2009/10 was of course the Championship one, though our spectacular relegation year of 2008/09 saw Newcastle predictably attract the cameras a remarkable 20 times, as they relished beaming our demise worldwide.

The remaining NUFC matches that are going out live are 5 April (A) Sunderland (Sky), 13 April (A) Liverpool (Sky), 19 April (H) Tottenham (Sky), 2 May (A) Leicester (BT Sport).

No wonder Mike Ashley picked Newcastle United when he wanted a football club to promote his business empire…


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