It was almost a perfect day for Newcastle fans yesterday.
The lads put on some show at St, James’ Park yesterday against the Blades in front of an empty stadium (the perfect boycott?) to register a terrific 3-0 win.
That takes us to 38 points from 30 games, and we are now 11 points above the drop zone: we started Project Restart 8 points above the drop zone.
What a difference a game (and a day) makes.
The win also improved our goal difference, so that was also good.
But there was even more important news yesterday that the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (IP) put out a tweet via their official Twitter feed, where they say they will “block 231 websites that violate intellectual property regimes.”
It looks like, after the WTO report last week slammed the Saudi kingdom for not preventing the stealing of intellectual property, that they are now willing to crack down on that: in particular the sporting of Premier League TV signals by Saudi-based beoutQ from Qatar-based TV channel beIN Sports.
That has been a problem for the Amanda Staveley consortium attempting to buy Newcastle for £300M.
The deal has been in the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test for over 10 weeks now.
Assuming this news is accurate, and it has come directly from the official Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, it means the Saudi government has pledged to ensure beoutQ will stop stealing the Premier League signals.
It’s something they haven’t done over the last couple of years, and it has been the single biggest problem for the Newcastle takeover.
And it’s more than just the Premier League games since beoutQ has been stealing other sports broadcasts from beIN Sports.
This is also in line with Saudi Arabia saying they will bid aggressively for the rights to the Premier League games when they come up for renewal in 2022.
Next year they will try to outbid their adversarial neighbors Qatar and beIN Sports for those TV rights.
So it seems it’s a win for the Premier League, a win for football, and most of all a win for Newcastle United because is appears the takeover can now go ahead.
There are some headlines today that the takeover could be announced this week.
It seems the main barrier to that happening has been removed, but we’ll refrain from making such a claim because it would be about the 183rd time we will have said that since late March.
So while we sit back and reflect on the excellent performance of the lads yesterday, we may have even better news coming through very soon.
Howay The Lads!!