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The relationship between the broadcasters and fans should be a 2 way street but the Newcastle v Villa fixture debacle proves otherwise.
You would guess that our opening match at Manchester City will be a prime choice and a worldwide audience will see exactly what kind of state Newcastle United are in as they attempt to bounce back from last year’s near disaster.
Of course history tells us that we should always be on our guard in relation to late changes but no doubt the opposition being Villa, Norwich and Reading will have played a part.
The first list of changes for SKY/ESPN are due to be announced around 13th July and will cover the period up to the end of November, which equates to our first fourteen Premier League matches.
Then, Sky and ESPN should be given half an hour to pick every game they want to show until the end of October and any subsequent fiddling deemed as crime and therefore illegal.
Swansea/Norwich matches moved, at least Swansea isn’t on Monday night and no rubbish home lunchtime kick-off.
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