Sky and BT ruining football…AGAIN

So yesterday, SkySports and BT Sport announced the first round of TV games covering up until the beginning of October and quelle surprise, they have made it as tough as possible for Arsenal fans.

As in April last season, we have had pretty much every match moved, with only 1 out fo the 7 match’s remaining at 3pm on a Saturday – Aston Villa on the 20th of September. The full set of fixtures are:

Sat 16th Aug 17.30 Crystal Palace H
Sat 23rd Aug 17.30 Everton A
Sun 31st Aug 16.00 Leicester A
Sat 13th Sep 12.45 Man City H
Sat 20th Sep 15.00 Aston Villa A
Sat 27th Sep 17.30 Spurs H
Sun 5th Oct 14.05 Chelsea A

Firstly the Spurs game. I remember the days when it used to be an 11.30am kick off. It perhaps shows the way the game has changed, the hooliganism being less frequent, that it is now at 5.30pm. Or is it just that the power of the TV companies is now great than the power of the police?

As always, the biggest problem is going to be travelling to and from the games.

Everton v Arsenal

Everton v Arsenal

There were already major engineering works on the weekend of 23/45 August (Bank Holiday weekend), meaning that to get to Everton it was going to be a 4 hour, 3 train via Birmingham trek, but it was manageable. The changing of the fixture however has made it a nightmare for Arsenal fans.

A 3pm kick off would have meant fans could comfortably get the 19:04 and get back to London in time for the last underground trains. Due to the change, fans are either going to have to leave half way through the 2nd half, make other arrangements to get their, or do an over nighter. The only bright side is with it being a bank holiday weekend, an over nighter is not too bad.

The Leicester game is an even bigger piss take. On Saturday 30th August, you can get a train back to London up until 21:58. Brilliant. Sky, however, have moved the game to a 4pm kick off on the Sunday. The result:

Leicester v Arsenal Out

Leicester v Arsenal Out

Leicester v Arsenal Return

Leicester v Arsenal Return

On first look, it does not seem to bad, until you see those dreaded words ‘bus service’. The journey home will now take you via Kettering, where you will have to take a 70 minute bus journey back into St Pancras. This highlights the disregard that TV companies have for travelling fans. On the Saturday, no problems, on the Sunday, problems, so what do they do? Move the game to the Sunday.

So once again, thanks Sky, thanks BT. One 3pm KO in the first 7 games, and two nightmare journey. You clearly do not give a fuck about us. The more you do this, the less guilty I feel about streaming everything for free. You do not care about us, I will refuse to put money into your pockets.

By hook or by crook, I will get to Everton and Leicester, but I get the feeling this is the first of many travel challenges I will face as I embark on the 38 game season.


5 thoughts on “Sky and BT ruining football…AGAIN

  1. Adam Keys

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m based in Newcastle at the minute, so after the Everton game I’ve got around 45 minutes to get out of Goodison and over to Lime Street and on to the train. On any other day a two mile walk in 40 minutes is a doodle, but depending on how quickly the away fans are allowed out and the foot traffic outside the ground, it could be a nightmare getting back. While it’s a massive inconvenience for train-getters, there are plenty of Irish fans flying over every week, and these fixture changes mean booking additional flights. Getting out of hand, yes they fund the league, but even though half of us are paying through our arse for tickets, we’re still throwing Sky money every month to see the games we can’t get to!! Too much power!


  2. Charlie Boy

    And to add insult to injury, BT Sports produce a series of piss-taking adverts where the Arsenal are seen being humiliated by the scousers and the chavs.


  3. Akin

    Hey man, you winning yourself more followers than you can imagine. Those money bags don’t care a bit who gets hurt but I give it to you, you are the man.


  4. nicky

    As a regular viewer to BT Sport, I would hope that the broadcaster will NOT be using those two useless creeps Thicko Gray and the Hairy One this coming season.


  5. atid

    Well I will be saving some money to focus on the champions league. Villa away only for me. Everton, Leicester and chelsea can do one.

    As for those embarrassing adverts, I hope that wenger sits the team down and makes them watch those adverts and re-runs of those games. They could be just the thing required to urge our players to not play as badly again.



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