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So was Thursday the day when football finally sold (what remained of) its soul?

1 month ago
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The much anticipated (dreaded…?) TV announcement came out on Thursday.

Only the six days late but there again, it is just the fans who are at the bottom of the food chain waiting to see just how far the Premier League and TV partners have messed up their football lives.

The announcement was for the Premier League games in December and January.

Thanks to the changes, it means that by 21 April 2020, in a nine month period Newcastle United will have played a Premier League game on all seven days of the week. Starting with Friday night away at Leicester in April, culminating in Tuesday night at Everton in January, with Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday having appeared in between.

When you support a team owned by Mike Ashley it is just the biggest juiciest poisonous cherry on the top of this not fit for purpose modern day football cake.

All of this extra nonsense of games being moved around just so Premier League club owners can squeeze every single extra penny.

Whether it is FIFA, UEFA, Premier League, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime, or the individual clubs, none of them care about the fans.

We are currently in the middle of a period of a trio of international two week breaks with no Premier League football in September, October and November in three separate fortnights. All just so more and more money can be generated by ever more meaningless games, an expanded European Championships ensures that any half-decent football team is going to qualify.

Then we get this dog’s dinner of an announcement for Premier League games in December and January.

Did you ever experience that ‘rare’ sensation of feeling like fans aren’t very important…was Thursday the day when football finally sold the rest of its soul?

The Southampton home game in December gets shunted to 2pm on a Sunday and it isn’t even being shown on live TV. I bet the Saints away fans are really thanking the authorities for that one.

Imagine a football world where every decision didn’t revolve around how can Premier League clubs make more money, no matter how it impacts on fans?

This season there are more English top tier matches on Live TV than there has ever been before.

Imagine if the fans had actually been allowed to vote…

Of match-going fans, who on earth would vote for more disruption and inconvenience?

The thing is, in reality do fans who go to matches get any benefit from more money coming into the clubs via TV deals (or anything else)?

The vast majority of the cash will simply end up going on higher wages and transfer fees on players that would mostly have still been bought, just with slightly lower transfer fees and wages.

On top of all this inconvenience in terms of matches moved, Mike Ashley put season tickets prices up yet again this season.

You really couldn’t make it up.

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