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Geordie Fans Getting Short Shrift From TV Networks – And Nothing Will Change

Newcastle have not fared too well in general on Monday night games.

And add to that the fact that our game at the Emirates on Monday is the 15th consecutive time Newcastle have been featured away from home on a Monday night game.

That’s a long way for Newcastle fans to travel to a Premier League game that is not over the weekend.

But we know the fans are the best in the business and they travel to wherever the team is playing – especially with Rafa Benitez as the manager.

On Football Focus the host Dan Walker mentioned the 15 game statistic to guests Jonathan Walters and Dion Dublin.

A dapper looking Dion Dublin

Dion Dublin was shocked at the stat and had the following compliment for Geordie fans:

“It’s very unfair on the pocket – it’s a lot of miles.” “The thing is, if they had another 10 or 15 to go, they’d still travel.”

“That’s Newcastle United fans, they just go where ever their team is playing.”

With Newcastle being a little remote in the north-east of England the fans travel more than any other fans in most seasons to support their team.

And it gets tough for them when Newcastle are scheduled away from home on a Monday night.

But the truth is that fans now take second place to money (sorry to be so blunt) – and the TV networks will schedule the games for what’s good for them – which is TV ratings – whatever else they may say.

Football in general and the Premier League, in particular, is now a huge global business and getting bigger.

Here’s a spokesman for BT Sport on the scheduling of the Premier League games as reported in Chronicle Live today:

“Fixture scheduling is a complex process overseen by multiple parties including broadcasters, leagues, clubs and the local authorities.”

“When making game selections we will always aim to choose the editorially strongest game available to us, and influenced by many factors not least the narrative of the season.”

“We do this whilst taking many other factors into account; other competitions that clubs may or may not be in, the number of times we have already selected clubs and future selection plans.”

“Ultimately, the timing of any televised game is dictated by our Premier League deal.”

Fans are the core of the game of football, but now it’s a big money sport.

The truth is that fans will not be given much consideration by the TV networks – however unfair that may be.

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73 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #1

    I suspect Dan Walker is fed info by his
    BBC colleague Gabby Logan.
    She is Toon daft.

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Watford all over Man U at OT !!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Manure have fallen far behind Citeh.

  • Douglas

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed, good to hear your health status

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Rashford scores on the c/a

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Cracking game – end to end

  • carltoon

    Mar 30, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry I didn’t make my post re Monday night away games more specific. Was going out to spend my Mother’s day money. Thought yous could read my mind. Pleased Dan Walker brought it to everyone s attention.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Carltoon = Dan Walker

    Hiya Dan


  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Jazzy previous post
    Disagree with Perez. Think we have weaker players in the squad to worry about replacing before him.

    He offers a lot to the team from a defensive point of view too. You probably can find someone to replace him for what he offers going forward but that’s not the be all and end all in a Rafa team. I struggle to think of someone who can come in and offer what he does as a whole to the team under the constraints we have in transfer fee and wages.

    Going by what Rafa said, he is not looking to sell him and seems to dismiss his claims of wanting to move. I’m with Rafa on this one about keeping him.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Turns out my super six predictions this weekend lasted a whole 2 mins 😀

    Anyone want lotto numbers?

  • Mindshaft

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Agree, Perez brings a lot of work to the team and sometimes a lot of skill , we have a lot of players we need to get rid of before him … Colback, Gayle , Diame to name the obvious

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Betway do a free prediction game too, rolls over 25k each week if no winner. Currently at 200k.

    They select 4 games and you have to guess correctly the first goal scorer.

    I got rashford correct.

    Need arnoutovic to score first and tomorrow mane and higuain.

    Worth trying for those who don’t gamble.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Squeaky time for ‘uddersfield supporters.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Southampton and Burnley both winning.
    Everyone needs Cardiff to follow the good example of Fulham and Huddersfield who may be down today

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #15


  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Typical Man U
    Jammy beggars

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 30, 2019 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Not a great set of results for us today then.
    Could really have done with Brighton getting an equaliser.. Against Saints. Mind you do could Brighton!
    Houghton will be sweating now.

    And as for Burnley, they are fast becoming one of my most disliked teams..

  • Pottsclock

    Mar 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #18

    Classic statement from the Villa game report…

    “Tammy Abraham opened the scoring with a tap-in”

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 30, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #19

    BBC says:

    Huddersfield equal the record for the earliest Premier League relegation. Down with six games to go.

    Only Derby County (2008) have previously been relegated in the month of March from the Premier League.

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Ron aye
    and Derby still still managed to get 3 points from us
    at SJP – Kenny Miller the wee shit

  • jazzyp

    Mar 30, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Evening mate

    As you are well aware we have had this discussion many times over Perez..And always differ hence I will not change my mind I’m afraid bud

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Derby only got 11 points all season
    Four of them from NUFC !!!!!!!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    That’s ok. Difference of opinion is all good 🙂

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Bloody Everton ruined my betway predictions too. Disliked them anyway and I will hold this grudge against them for the rest of my life. Lotto predictions still on offer guys 😉

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Arnautovic is a donkey

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    West Ham 1 shot (off target)
    Everton 8 shots (6 on target)

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #27

    You know you’re crap when Jordan Pickford
    laughs at you

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #28

    Not going to disagree with you jib. proper donkey. Not watching the match but he let me down.

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #29

    This was my Sky Super Six

    Brighton 1 v Soton 2
    Palace 3 v Hudders 0
    Man U 4 v Watford 2
    Burnley 0 v Wolves 3
    Leicester 2 v BMouth 2
    Leeds 2 v Millwall 1

    Sunk like a lead balloon

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Lol so yours ended after 2 mins too. I put Burnley to score 0 also.closest I got was 2-0 Man Utd. Less said about the rest the better.

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Silva has got Everton playing some lovely footy
    They’ll be a worry next season

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #32
  • toon22

    Mar 30, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #33

    You think that maybe the tv networks are sick of parasites like MA ?

    Hiya JIB

  • toon22

    Mar 30, 2019 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #34

    So Grant Thornton is still auditing MAs accounts

    Grant Thornton advised R&M at the time that the GSOP was not a tax avoidance scheme but a “legitimate tax planning”, however HMRC later found the scheme to be “ineffective” and tax avoidance.


    And is in hot water all over the place

    Ill not bother linking the rest of the stuff ive already posted

    You still think the HMRC wont ever catch up with MA ?


  • toon22

    Mar 30, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Undisclosed Payments

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 30, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry jib, jail said the Everton mgr was rubbish so it must be true.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 30, 2019 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Speaking of jail, where is the world’s biggest ‘I told you so’ merchant who will dig up comments from 3 years ago and then twist them to make him look right. I once said I wud like rafa at a DOF in 10 years and he declared that this meant I wanted him pensioned off. You’d miss the cranky old sod.

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Munster Mag
    Speaking of jail, where is the world’s biggest ‘I told you so’ merchant

    Who gives a toss ?

  • Jib

    Mar 30, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Only 14 goals on MotD tonight
    For Tuffty/Froggy MotD stands for
    Match of the Day
    It’s a footy highlights programme
    that’s on while you watch Yesterday
    hoping for a Lena Zavaroni tribute

  • toon22

    Mar 30, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster and his axe to grind lol

    Hiya JIB


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