The latest round of television games were announced on Thursday and will see 24 matches broadcast live throughout December.
Earlier this month there were reports that broadcasters were proposing to show live Premier League games on Christmas Eve. Rumours surfaced that Newcastle’s game at West Ham was being considered. Peter Fanning, NUST Vice Chair contacted the Head of PR at Sky Sports to be told that things weren’t finalised but Christmas Eve was a Sunday and they had a commitment to subscribers to show football on a Sunday. NUST joined with other supporter organisations across the country, and together with the Football Supporters Federation, lobbied against the idea. Last week in a meeting with supporter representatives, attended by Peter Fanning, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said that no 4pm kick-offs would be allowed on Christmas Eve, but that other broadcast slots were still being considered.
The broadcast schedule for December announced on Thursday contains no Christmas Eve kick-offs. The Football Supporters’ Federation said: "Fans will be relieved to see that broadcasters and the Premier League have backed away from the idea of a Christmas Eve fixture. It was never popular with match-going fans and we’re happy to say they have listened – more of the same in future please!
"Top-flight clubs receive billions from broadcasters and more of that revenue should be used to help fans with travel when games are rescheduled for TV."
This is a great example of fans working together to get our
voices heard and fair play to the Premier League and to the broadcasters who have listened to our concerns and done the right thing.