The Premier League TV viewing figures are reported to have declined this season and when we have watched the Premier League this year some of the games on display have not been too attractive.
That’s caused by the many smaller clubs like Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Hull City, Swansea, Burnley and Watford doing well and being promoted to the Premier League.
The Bournemouth AFC story in particular is an incredible one.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher
But when fans want to watch games on TV we now fully understand why the networks tend to have games on that feature the top six clubs or the top eight clubs.
Clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and the like, who also have the massive and famous stadiums in England.
Not only are those teams at the top of the league and good to watch because they have some great players, but the clubs also have long histories in English football.
That’s compared to the likes of Hull, Swansea, Watford and others.
So when the big clubs have not been playing we haven’t watched the games.
It’s also interesting that some of the former famous big clubs in England are in the Championship this season.
They include Newcastle, Nottingham Forest (two European Cups), Blackburn Rovers (Premier league title – 1995), Leeds (one of the real powerhouses of the last 40 years and Aston Villa (European Cup winners 1982).
Others include Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.
Blackburn could even slip down to League One this season with a relegation – how those Indian owners have wrecked that club.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher alludes to wanting the bigger clubs to come up when this season, when he said this last Monday on Newcastle’s promotion chances.
“You have to think Newcastle will come back up.”
“It would be nice if, and no disrespect to the other teams in the play-offs, a Sheffield Wednesday or a Leeds comes back.”
“One of those big historical clubs that when you look back were always in the first division.”
What do you think?