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The New Era Of Football?

Manchester City is a prime example of the change the premiership is experiencing. So far Manchester City has not played at 15:00 on a Saturday Afternoon.

Sun 17 Aug 15:00 - Aston Villa
Sun 24 Aug 16:00 - West Ham United
Sun 31 Aug 15:00 - Sunderland
Sat 13 Sep 17:30 - Chelsea
Sun 21 Sep 15:00 - Portsmouth
Sun 28 Sep 16:00 - Wigan
Sun 05 Oct 15:00 - Liverpool

In Fact Man City only play two games before Christmas that are played at the normal 15:00 slot on a Saturday.

Sat 22 Nov 15:00 - Arsenal
Sat 13 Dec 15:00 - Everton

I know due to cup games, the Saturday slot is not always possible, but is it only me who is missing a typical Saturday, watching the City score on Sky Sports, and then Watching MOTD on BBC, or Football First on Sky Sports?

What do other fans think of the new Premiership schedule Manchester City are following?




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Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 18 2008

Time: 5:16PM

Your Comments

It's a disgrace Aaaron. No wonder more fans and turning to non league. My old man and our kid still follow Ashton United and they say it's a breath of fresh air.
Johnny Baguette
That said, I don't think the 3pm slot is the issue here. Check our fixtures and you see that we only play four fixtures on Saturdays at all in 2008, and three of them come in the last 40 days of the year. Of our Sunday games, I don't think they're even being moved for TV coverage, I think the fact is that we've had such a congested schedule that we've had to move virtually every league game back a day to compensate.
Falastur
Television money rules football just now and they want to maximise on TV revenues. It's rubbish for fans who want to go to the games. The Sunday ones are fine if you're driving a car, but if you want a drink then public transport is problematic. Also if it rains you can get drenched. If you can't get the family involved a Sunday game can disrupt a weekend etc. It would be 100% better -- and attendances would rise -- if everything went back to the Saturday afternoon timetable.
Sindbad
Hear hear. Everyone knows Blues who can't justify the season card anymore as well.
Johnny Baguette
The chap that sits next to me at matches has a young son who playes football on a Sunday afternoon and of course his priority is taking him to play football consequently he has only seen ONE match this season. He has made it quite clear this is the last time he buys a season ticket. Another fan lost to the cluches of TV
alphieblues
It the price we pay for European football I'm afraid! A percentage of games have been moved due to UEFA commitments, so with that in mind, I can personally take it on the chin (would anyone prefer to be, say Bolton, fighting the drop but playing on Sat at 3pm??). Having said that, I empathise with season ticket holders, because the constant switching must be infuriating!
oliverblue
Am I right.....but I'm sure I remember when Sky first started doing footy on TV...they had to choose the games they wanted at the beginning of the season.......and games did'nt get moved then for TV...but only for Europe or cup games..... ......
lincolnblue
You are probably right but I can see that in the not to distant future Premier League games will be played EVERY day of the week jsut to accomodate the TV greed to squeeze every possible angle for extra revenue.
alphieblues
gotta say your schedule is remarkably similar to ours - fecked right up!
merlin
I was just saying on the forum that this credit crunch must be worse than I thought in the scheme of the modern day football TV era. City are closing the top tier of the stadium for the UEFA Home games against Twente and PSG which in the context of our season are massive clashes. The club do not believe these games will sell out. However, 15 quid per adult ticket is a price unheard of on the continent for European football at that level.
Johnny Baguette
 

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