And what a familiar existential sense that is to any football fan over an international weekend. This left us the horrible prospect of a weekend almost entirely devoid of top-level football action, and what an awful prospect that can seem. And thus a chance for some of the Sky squad players to get some minutes, and a moment for the lower leagues to get a day in the sun, as the Gillette Soccer Saturday format carried on regardless. Much like the Carabao Cup, some will question if the broadcaster is treating the competition seriously by fielding a weakened team but, for this viewer at least, this was a Saturday diversion to fill the long autumnal afternoon.
Over the traditional holiday period, from the weekend before Christmas through Jan.
Back then and to this day on any given weekend, the vast majority of Premier League fixtures take place on Saturdays at 3pm.
While that logic may have held true in the s, when the only real international aspect of the sport was the World Cup and other international competitions, but in , national leagues are viewed around the world by billions each year. That means an ex-pat Chelsea fan in New York can watch considerably more Chelsea games than someone who actually lives in Chelsea.
In the meanwhile, the Premier League has started taking measures to get around the Saturday TV blackout. The games tend to start quite late, at or 8pm, and they still generally require Britons sign up for costly satellite TV subscriptions through Sky TV, which controls most of the broadcasting rights for Premier League soccer in the UK.
The vast majority of tickets are held by season ticket holders, corporate entertainment accounts, and then first right of refusal on the remainder tend to go to fan-club members. Burnley has a population of 73, Why not let them watch their team on TV, especially during the cold winter months, or after tucking into turkey leftovers on Boxing Day?