For those out there who say we are deluded on Tyneside and nobody really gives a damn about what happens at St.James’ Park, we are now heading into a bizarre period of nine matches where EIGHT of them are to be shown live on BT Sport or Sky.
When I saw that, I was struck by two things. Firstly, there isn’t a chance in hell of the derby match going ahead at that time, then secondly, how can they leave it so long without announcing the TV fixtures and then when they eventually do, one of the timings is something the police won’t tolerate.
Much anticipation in advance of the Premier League fixtures release in June, followed by days and weeks of waiting as we look forward to SKY and their rival, now BT, to have their wicked way in terms of which matches they decide to show live.
In the future you could find it that little bit harder to access live Newcastle matches. With £Billions being spent on the right to screen Premier League matches live, it is no surprise to find the interested parties cracking down on those profiting from ‘their’ product.
Surely, for the derby game at least, a new byelaw ought to be introduced prohibiting the live broadcast of the match at any licensed premises in or around the city centre. That way it would at least limit the numbers in town and it might also help a good number of hard pressed pubs and clubs in outlying areas to keep their heads above water on derby day into the bargain.
On the official NUFC website there is a rather strangely worded proviso; ‘However, the Liverpool game will move to Sunday 28 April with a 12 noon kick-off, and remain luve on ESPN, should Liverpool reach the Europa League semi-final’.