The attendances at the Sky Sports televised games in the Football League this season have been released and Newcastle are in eight of the top nine watched games this season.
The club are in each of the top six most watched games and the only one of the top nine we are not in is the Barnsley vs Leeds game which is in 7th place.
So it’s not surprising if we see Newcastle in a lot more of the upcoming Championship games televised on Sky Sports through the end of this season.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Not only are Newcastle top of the Championship and a huge club currently in England’s second division, but we also have a world-renowned manager in Rafa Benitez who has won the Champions League and two Europa Leagues in his career.
Not too shabby.
It’s interesting that TV ratings have been disappointing in the Premier League this season and they are down by as much as 20% and if that continues then the rights to the PL matches may start decreasing.
Although to offset a reduction in the local demand there’s a huge and probably growing demand for the games overseas.
This is the first year of the new mega £5.1B TV deal for the Premier League rights and the ratings in England’s top division have not been good, but in the Football League it has been the opposite.
Leeds United, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are just three of the clubs with glorious histories and huge fan support currently in the division.
Maybe we can help the Premier League TV viewing figures if we can get promoted this season?
Yes – probably.