The riches of Premier League TV money…you have seen nothing yet.

A lot of the three year overseas deals are already agreed for the start of the 2019/20 season.

These are all negotiated separately for the various regions/countries of the world and the total revenue is guaranteed to go through the roof, even with many deals still yet to be confirmed.

What about closer to home though, how can they extract even more money from punters in the UK?

Well all the signs were that just like the cash from broadcasters overseas, the revenue from whoever won the UK rights would send Premier League TV money into another dimension.

The UK rights for 2016/17 to 2018/19 paid the 20 Premier League clubs a total of £5.136bn per season, this was a 70% increase on the £3bn per season for the three PL seasons before that.

However, the Premier League clubs’ owners have agreed alterations to what they will offer broadcasters for the UK deals, that look guaranteed to deliver far far more cash than could ever have been imagined.

Can you imagine at the meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs, when the question was asked ‘Here’s an idea that will deliver loads more cash but screw the fans further, those in favour…’, you could just imagine it, all of them not able to get their hands up quick enough.

Sure enough, all 20 Premier League clubs have voted for the following changes.

At the moment 168 Premier League matches each season are televised live in the UK, which means that 212 are not televised live.

As from 2019/20, the Premier League are allowing at least 190 to be televised live, that means at least half the matches will be on live TV.

Or to put it another way, at least half the games will be moved from their original dates/times.

To accommodate these extra televised games, ‘A new package of Saturday night games is likely to be offered to broadcasters, along with more midweek and Bank Holiday matches’.

Wonderful, the fans who actually pay to go to the matches are being screwed over yet again.

Surely this is the tipping point we have got to, whereby after slowly creeping up and up, we now have a situation where at least half of Premier League matches are shown live and moved.

With Newcastle United, we may not be successful at the minute but will always feature as one of the top half dozen or so that are shown on live TV.

These new packages that will be offered, will probably mean around two thirds or so of Newcastle matches will be moved, as the likes of Stoke, Bournemouth, Burnley, Sunderland (!!!), will be shown minimally.

With all this extra revenue on the horizon, and extra exposure for his retail empire via extra televised games, will Mike Ashley honestly sell Newcastle United at this point?

The general belief is that Ashley already wanted more than what Newcastle United is currently worth but if then any prospective bidder has to also factor in extra cash for this potential extra TV revenue ahead, will anybody really pay what he will be surely asking for, if he is indeed willing to sell?

BBC Sport:

‘A minimum of 190 Premier League games will be televised live in Britain from start of the 2019-20 season.

Premier League chairmen voted unanimously for the package, with the rights set to go out to auction before Christmas.

A new package of Saturday night games is likely to be offered to broadcasters, along with more midweek and Bank Holiday matches.

There will be a minimum of 22 additional live games on offer.

The new contracts will replace the record £5.136bn deal struck with Sky and BT Sport in 2015.

That three-season agreement represented a 70% increase on the previous £3bn deal and involved 168 games being shown each season at an average cost to the broadcasters of £10.2m per match.

Sky paid £4.176bn to show 126 matches, including the first Friday evening games and both Sunday packages, and BT paid £960m for 42 games.’



  • Andrew

    I think it’s great news, not everyone can afford season tickets or travelling to away games, so the more Newcastle games available to watch on TV is better for a lot of fans

    • Paul Patterson

      Er just think on, people still have to get to and from games.

      • Andrew

        Yes of course they do, and i know sky usually don’t give enough notice of fixture changes, but if sky improved the amount of time it gives fans when they want to show live games then i don’t see a problem with some Saturday evening games

        • Paul Patterson

          It’s overkill. And fans are sick of travelling late every night. What’s next Sunday night games?

          • Toonrobbybobson

            We are getting to point if football constantly. They milking that cow gooooooood…..

          • Davey drape

            already had one of those Paul on bbc 6pm sunday v stoke in cup

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I did read an article that the new deals plus the overseas deals will add at least £50m per season to what they get now.
    will the fragrant Amanda & her Arab mates get Nufc for £300m
    Not on your nelly when Fatso sees the new forecast

    • Paul Patterson

      I said a few weeks ago that he will turn up at negotiations for the club and say ‘£500m or forget about it’. That is looking more likely by the day.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Recent reports say he want`s £380m

        • Paul Patterson

          That’ll change with this news.

      • Damon Horner

        No negotiator will set a precedent, if he says “£500mil or no deal” it will likely end up in no deal very quickly.

        • Paul Patterson

          He’s just that kind of bloke. Probably how we robbed Spurs of £30m for Sissoko.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Reports no nothing. TV rev was always going up it changes nothing from prior news and negotiations. Plus the deal isn’t finalised and its until someone pays it. You could have a financial market meltdown between now and then meaning you will never get those potential monies.

      We might as well sit back forget about the sale until something concrete because ‘reports’ frankly know nothing.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        it`s the overseas revenue thats going to skyrocket & that was only reported by the Premier league a week ago

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    It’s a disgrace the way Newcastle fans are treat by sky as no other team has three Sunday 4.00 O’ clock away games followed by a Monday night. There should be a limit to the number of away games you are on in a row and not to have a normal away game on at Saturday till eight days before Christmas is not on.
    As for Ashley he does not take money out the club and the future higher income can go on players who ever is in charge. The way this site goes on you would think our chairman took the T.V. money home with him and put it in the bank.

  • Billy Ellwood

    I think a sale would need a declaration from Rafa that if the club isn’t sold, he walks.
    Although Pardew might be waiting for that, and Ashley is a gambler.

  • Mrkgw

    ‘If’ there are buyers out there, then they will be kicking themselves – this sale has dragged and it really did need someone to move and quickly.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Why are people acting like this is new news? Its not it was always going to go up. It changes nothing with the sale of the club. Ashley wants out its too big a risk to him with relegation and he wants his money back out.

  • Steve Pearce

    You know your’e nearly as boring as that sad [email protected] Graham Porter…

    • HarryHype59

      So why read and comment on the article? Ignore it if it annoys you!

      • Steve Pearce

        What – and let these annoying [email protected] bore us all to death?

        • HarryHype59

          There are numerous articles on here don’t interest me! I don’t read them!

  • HarryHype59

    The money will indeed increase IF the club is in the EPL!

  • HTL

    Has anyone confirmed they are actually interested and have made an offer? until that happens I think it is still Mr Ashley (or Mr Bishop-on his behalf) creating more spin so that they still have the excuse that they tried to sell the club but due to lack of interest they are still stuck with the club and as Mr Ashley previously stated he cannot afford to compete and strengthen the team in January,
    Just because they say the club is for sale it does not mean they want to sell it.

  • Steve Pearce

    He’ll have a hard job if he’s been incinerated in a mid air collision. But they say shyte doesn’t burn…..

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Jesus, you are delightful

  • Rich Lawson

    Dyunah wat,just put every game on tv ! We will still sell out St James’s and most away allocations.Hopefully Rupert Murdoch was a guest in Ashley’s helicopter.

  • Taz

    To be honest I don’t believe a single word that comes out of that fat cockney [email protected] mouth. The bloke is a to$$er

  • Sickasfunk

    The Fat man has bigger interests now in the states with property and other ways of making sports “erect” lucrative he needs the capital from the sale of the toon to show the yanks he’s got the funds available to invest thats it simples thats why he’s not bothered if its over payments or not because the captial is there! Now in my opinion itl be the interested parties that are dragging there heels as to get a better deal as they know he wants to sell NOW but the fatman isnt as daft as people make out or think, he’l just put the yanks on hold until he sells up at a price he wants because as he’s always said he wont touch his baby’s “sports direct” money and wont invest anymore because he wants rid to go to better postures over the pond! I just hope they agree a price soon because we all know he spits his dummy out quite quick if he doesnt get want he wants and its us the fans who’l suffer in January!!!!

  • Kneebotherm8

    When the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted I’ll believe he’s gone,and not before.
    All this speculation is just fodder for the tabloids.

  • nufcslf

    Still think it will happen this time as his play thing has run it’s cause. Sad the way money runs the world now. Could’ve sworn football was about the occasion and the result at the end of 90 mins. The poor old fan and final score sadly mean nothing and you can’t have matches without the two. It’s certainly killed my passion for what Saturday stood for.

    • So true. Players are only loyal to the checkbook, but flukes like Leicester still happen to prove football can be won, even without spending hundreds of millions.