New Improved Premier League TV Rights Deal – Good Or Bad For Newcastle Takeover?

We read the article in the Chronicle today on the new TV rights deal for the Premier League being announced as early as today.

It seems the bids are now in and the PL will choose the winners.

The last package was for £5.1B, and that could go up significantly for the next three years starting in the summer of next year.

And then each PL clubs will get even more than the £100M to £200M they receive today, depending on how well they perform in the league.

That compares to the £7M each club gets at the end of the Championship season.

If the deal does come in a lot higher than perhaps there will be more than the one bidder who will want to buy Newcastle, once we are safe as a Premier League club for next season.

Mike Ashley – will he really sell Newcastle?

Amanda Staveley and her PCP Partners group was the only group who bid for Newcastle last year, and that went on far too long before Mike ended it all towards the end of the year and said it had all been a waste of time.

So if the deal goes higher, it will be good because Newcastle will get more money if we stay in the top flight.

But there could be a real problem if it comes in a lot higher than last time.

It could cause Mike Ashley to do one of two things:

  1. Decide he wants more for Newcastle than the £300M or £350M he has reported to be willing to accept if the money is paid up front – that will make it harder to sell the club
  2. The disaster scenario is that the owner realizes that with Rafa still in charge, Newcastle could be worth a lot more in a couple of years time and holds off on selling the club

There’s also a decent chance Mike Ashley will eventually take the club off the market even though we know he’s telling everybody he’s sick of owning the club and wants to sell.

And that fans desperately want him to sell.

Mike Ashley likes to make money, and Newcastle could be worth a lot more than it’s worth today if Rafa is (finally) given some decent money to spend in the coming transfer windows.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

73 comments so far

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #41

    In Italy

    Juventus’ defence is called

    “il muro”

    the wall

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #42

    Gianluigi Buffon
    is quite nimble for a grandad

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #43

    Lemon wedges and brown sugar

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #44

    Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
    I ordered up some Suzette
    could you please make that crepe

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #45

    Happy pancake day fcukers 😆

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #46

    Credit where it’s due
    Spurs stuck to their
    A vital away goal

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #47

    Who needs live text when we have our very own pundit – Jibby Hill

  • Pitmatic

    Feb 13, 2018 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #48

    Armstrong has scored for Blackburn.

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #49

    My god
    2 – 2 well done Spurs

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 13, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #50

    Great for Arma – 2 in 2 games will really help his confidence

  • lochinvar

    Feb 13, 2018 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #51

    Swansea may now have a fight on their hands for the rest of the season but the points already picked up in January /February may stand them in good stead.
    Could be interesting when they play other relegation threatened sides so see how the results and points are distributed

    Swansea City club captain Angel Rangel has had surgery on a groin injury.
    It is hoped Rangel will feature for the Swans towards the end of the season with the defender expected to return in around six weeks.
    Midfielder Leroy Fer and striker Wilfried Bony have been ruled out for the rest of the season with Achilles and knee injuries respectively.

  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2018 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #52

    Looks like I was right then. Sky and Bt have came to a prior arrangement and stuck two fingers up to the premier league.
    They obviously wanted another ridiculous bidding war for the rights.

    It’s likely the last two minor packages remain unsold because nobody will pay the money for them. Greedy kernts!

  • Spoof

    Feb 13, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #53

    Armstrong is not good enough for the premier nor the championship, even at league 1 after a superb with Coventry he got sussed at that level, get tight and he is a passenger, he hasnt got the instant speed to turn an even average league 1 defender, initially they backed off when at Coventry but when he was sussed and they got tight his goals dried up, Micky Quinn was a slow striker, but instinct and ability to react quickly gave him a career in football, the first yard is vital, with Armstrong, sadly his first yard is like that of a tortoise, top speed he is quick, but due to the first yard he will never make it at PL or championship level, sorry to all those Arma fans, but it is true, he will never make it at the top level.

  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2018 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #54

    Spoof you might be hearing from Bobby Bee very soon. That comment was the equivalent of shouting bettlejuice, bettlejuice, bettlejuice.

  • Belfast

    Feb 13, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #55

    Beetlejuice ? Beetlejuice, beetlejuice.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 13, 2018 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #56

    Spoof, why the negativity? He turned 21 just 3 days ago, has played every England youth level and scored in each one, has scored goals on every loan he’s been out on except Bolton where he was played out of position. He’s got a better record than Harry Kane at the same age. Why write him off before he’s had a chance to prove anything? He may not make it with us, but who knows yet?

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Feb 13, 2018 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #57

    Are you just Bobby fishing? Have you seen the Coventry games? I have heard that other loan players went back mid season and his supply dried up. You may be right, I din’t know, just wondering if you’d seen the games.

  • manxpie

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #58

    Well fusk me i actually “liked” 2 of belfasts posts!!
    Genuinely tho i hope this is the peak in deal terms (well until they sell season tickets to every game in Britain) which should happen anyways
    Amazing how an american supporter can watch every live game for the equivalent of a sky sports package
    Where as a British supporter doesn’t even get the choice !
    Id happily pay for a tv season ticket to watch every game nufc play!

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #59

    There’s still the overseas rights to add to the UK ones already sold, that’ll add £3bn so still a 30% increase over the last round with two minor ones to go, of which Sky can only have one as 148 games is the max from any single provider.

  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #60

    West Brom manager Alan Pardew’s methods are causing friction within the squad, but his position is safe despite the club chairman and chief executive being sacked on Tuesday. (Telegraph)

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #61

    The “problem” with overseas rights
    is they want a say on timings of games.
    Would PL teams want Sunday/Saturday
    evening KO’s for example.
    I could see war in our house if an NUFC
    game clashed with the Voice or Strictly

  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #62

    looks like trouble ahead Jib

    ” Sky also confirmed it would be broadcasting Saturday evening Premier League matches for the first time; eight fixtures are being introduced from the 2019-2020 season with a 7.45 ko”

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #63

    Evening kos are a pain for me, it means either 10.45 or 11.45pm, and the latter (during winter) is a right pain to watch – either cos I’m a bit tipsy or i have to be up for work 6 hours later (It’s been known to be both).

  • lochinvar

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #64

    In Italy
    Juventus’ defence is called
    “il muro” – the wall

    In Newcastle it’s called Byker

  • posada

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #65

    Sooner or later these TV deals will go backwards.
    They won’t make their money back.
    I remember years ago when BT and Vodaphone were competing for mobile net works.
    It was hyped up no end. They paid a fortune, overpaid and never got their money back.

    There is now too much football on TV. Much of it I don’t bother to watch.
    The Champions league last night was on BT which I don’t have. Not missed I probably would have taken a passing interest anyway.
    I only really like watching my team.
    Of the rest yeh I would enjoy watching Man City v Liverpool.
    West Brom/Bournemouth. Not really. I might have it on, but take as I say a passing interest.

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #66

    I don’t think it’ll just be my household

  • martoon

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #67

    If you think watching evening KO’s is a pain then spare a thought for us fans who actually attend games. A 7.45 ko on a Saturday night is just ridiculous – no thought whatsoever for the fans at the game – especially the travelling away fans!

  • posada

    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #68

    Most folks who pay for Sky Sports are not Chelsea or Man City supporters.
    But a disproportionate amount of the money goes to the top clubs.
    Consequently we are paying money towards our home clubs being disadvantaged.

    Think about the pundits and the coverage. They are obsessed with the top six.
    The rest get lip service.

  • c-dog

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #69

    Once Ash gets a slice of this pie he won’t wanna go anywhere. And if he doesn’t give a significant slice to Raf then Raf will walk.

  • firebug666

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #70

    A 7.45pm kick-off could have an effect on attendances, people may be happier to stay home and watch it on TV or a dodgy stream, especially on a cold winters night.

    Sky may boost their subscriptions to the Sky Sports channels, but the stadiums may not be as full as they expect.

    They never seem to think of the fans who will be traveling long distances to and from the match, arriving home late and having to get up for work the next morning.


  • posada

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #71

    The fans are not taken into account at all.
    You have no rights.
    The only influence you have is your vote.
    The only rights you will ever get will come from political lobbying.
    Get the major parties to put football supporter rights in their next manifesto.

    Thing is when an election comes round it gets fought on things like the NHS, economy defence etc. That’s understandable, but these clubs and our enjoyment of them are a massive part of our communities.

    In germany they have rights. Why not here.
    One reason. The Government makes a fortune from this.
    Players pay tax at 45%, or they should. Companies pay corporation tax.

    If a party took a particular stance would it secure your vote.
    Well, it might be a factor. Probably not a major one.

  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #72

    like you i see trouble ahead in a lot of homes

  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #73

    Sky aren’t stupid.
    There are loads of weekend evening
    games on the continent and the
    attendances are shocking.
    They’ll have factored it into their calculations.
    The Merseyside/Manchester/London derbies
    would still be well attended.


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