TV Harming The Game

Last updated : 25 September 2017 By Footy Mad - Editor

When will TV companies wake up and realise they are harming the game?

Image result for Brighton 1 Newcastle 0From the very first minute until the last, the only real sound you could hear with the Amex was that of the travelling Toon Army, who were as vocal, jovial and supportive as ever - packing out an entire end of the ground.

More than 2,500 fans made the 320-mile journey down to the south coast for a late kick-off on a Sunday - and this just a fortnight after the 700-mile round trip to Swansea.

For a game which was shown on TV, this shows immense commitment from Newcastle’s away supporters - but that, as we all know, is nothing new.

It is about time Sky Sports and BT Sport started thinking of fans when they schedule matches. The clubs may have sold their soul to the live broadcasters for top dollar, but there is no spectacle that is the Premier League without the hardcore home and away fans.

Benitez lamented the timing of the game at his pre-match Press conference, acknowledging how difficult it is for Newcastle supporters to travel down to Brighton for a late match on a Sunday.

He recognises the inherent value of fans to the game we all love so dearly. We live in hope, but not expectation, that some day the TV companies will realise this too.