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We asked Newcastle fans if they’ll miss not every game being on live TV – Interesting results

3 weeks ago

The question was asked fans on Saturday was: ‘Will you miss it now not every Newcastle United Premier League match will be shown on live TV in UK?’

The virus situation had meant that every single Premier League match, including of course all NUFC ones, were shown live on TV in the UK.

This happening towards the end of the 2019/20 season and then throughout the whole of this latest 2020/21 season, though at one point you had the additional cost of a pay to view, even if you had all the usual packages (Sky, BT, Amazon…and BBC).

Bottom line though, you could (legally) watch every single Newcastle United Premier League match live, if you chose to do so.

Friday brought the first announcement of Premier League games selected for TV.

This is where reality hit home, of Newcastle’s three August matches, only one can be legally watched live if you are in the UK.

As you can see from the dates / info below, the home match against West Ham moved to Sunday 15th at 2pm for coverage by Sky Sports, whilst the Villa away game and Southampton home one are untouched, staying 3pm on Saturdays and no live TV coverage if you are in the UK.

Always possible things could change with the virus situation but this is the new reality unless something significant happens.

Only a third of NUFC Premier League matches in August able to be seen by Newcastle fans on live TV and that process set to continue, with probably between a third and half of NUFC PL games shown live.

We were interested to see what you think, having got used to every match being available to watch.

The results (We gave three, not just two, options):

39% Yes

14% No because I will watch them on illegal streams

47% No because I’m not bothered about being able to watch them all

So roughly a 50/50 split, with 53% going to miss having the option, or switching (or continuing!) to watch on illegal streams.

Guessing that a lot of the 47% are Newcastle fans who usually go to matches, certainly at home, and are intending to go this coming season if possible, therefore irrelevant for them having SJP games shown on live TV anyway.

In the future might ask the question but only about away matches, as in how much interest there would be for Newcastle fans if there was an option to be able to pay and see all NUFC away games legally.


Monday 5 July

Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day, away at York City with 2pm kick-off, away at Harrogate Town with kick-off time to be confirmed (these games linked to training camp at nearby Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer).

Tuesday 27 July

Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Sunday 15 August

Newcastle kick off Premier League season at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 21 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.

Saturday 28 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.


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