TV bosses in dilemma as Newcastle United can still win title after Brighton lose
A day of drama in the Championship and Newcastle United can still win the title!
After the matches on Monday 17 April, Brighton were on 92 points and Newcastle on 85 points, both clubs having only three games remaining.
Pulling back a lead of seven points with only nine to play for looked a hopeless cause.
However, Brighton then lost at Norwich and Newcastle followed that up with wins over Preston and Cardiff, meaning Saturday started with Newcastle on 91 points and Brighton 92, before they played at home to Bristol City.
Live on Sky TV at 5.30pm, Brighton have lost at home to Bristol City thanks to a Josh Brownhill goal just before half-time.
This leaves the TV bosses with a dilemma.
They now have to decide which matches to screen live next Sunday, all matches kicking off at 12 noon.
They usually show a maximum of 3 games on the various channels in the end of season extravaganza and look to have two choices now.
The promotion issue has been taken out of the equation: Leeds could only draw 3-3 at home to Norwich today, whilst Fulham had a draw 1-1 at home to Brentford. Fulham are in the last play-off spot three points above Leeds going into their last games but the Cottagers have a 13 goal advantage in terms of goal difference so the TV bosses won’t be covering that.
However, at the bottom it is a different story, as whilst Rotherham and Wigan are now down, the third relegation spot sees Blackburn, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest separated by only two ponts, meaning any of the three could go down.
So, it appears to be a case of covering all three relegation candidates or which of Newcastle and Brighton end up as champions/runners-up.
They really should show the relegation outcome live but I am guessing that showing the Newcastle and Brighton fight to be champions would guarantee bigger viewing figures.
We await the TV bosses…
Championship fixtures Sunday 7 May – All 12 noon kick-offs
Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers
Bristol City v Birmingham City
Burton Albion v Reading
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town
Rotherham United v Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End
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