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Five of Everton’s Premier League fixtures in December and January have been changed to accommodate television broadcast schedules. 

It means that the Blues will now not play a traditional Boxing Day game, with the home clash with Champions Manchester City now taking place on 27 January, with live coverage on Amazon Prime.

The home game against Newcastle United, originally scheduled for Tuesday 5 December, has moved to Thursday 7 December, also to be screened by Amazon.

That change means the Chelsea game at Goodison Park moves to 2pm on Sunday 10 December.

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There is one change to the January schedule so far, with Aston Villa's visit to Goodison also moving to a Sunday kick-off and will now be the main game at 4:30pm  on 14 January. 

The new dates and times (all GMT) are as follows:

Thursday 7 December @ 19:30 Everton vs Newcastle Utd — Amazon Prime.

Sunday 10 December @ 14:00 Everton vs Chelsea

Saturday 16 December @ 17:30 Burnley vs Everton – Sky Sports.

Wednesday 27 December @ 20:15 Everton vs Manchester City – Amazon Prime.

Sunday 14 January @16:30 Everton vs Aston Villa – Sky Sports.


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Barry Hesketh
1 Posted 26/10/2023 at 14:03:30
I love Boxing Day games, but the TV companies have moved that game against Manchester City, so a Wednesday night it is then.

I suppose the players will be happy as it means they'll get to spend time with their families over Christmas.

George Stuart
2 Posted 26/10/2023 at 21:16:43
The important thing is to placate the TV companies.
That's the true meaning of football.
Andy Meighan
3 Posted 26/10/2023 at 21:32:40
Not a care for any fan who may be travelling from further afield or others who have made alternative plans.

Absolute joke the way these TV companies continually disrupt people's plans.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 26/10/2023 at 21:35:20
I disagree, George, because it seems to be that the true meaning of football has now become money.

Once you sell your soul, then it's difficult to get it back, especially when the people who have bought your soul, just keep on pushing the boundaries.

Andy McNabb
5 Posted 26/10/2023 at 21:44:13
George and Tony, you are both right.

Actually, pushing that fixture a little further away means we all may be able to enjoy Christmas a bit more.

Martin Reppion
6 Posted 27/10/2023 at 09:22:37
The problem goes back to the original TV deal. Football simply did not know how important it was to the TV companies. Therefore, instead of selling the rights with some control, the FA and subsequently UEFA have sold out completely so that the real rulers of the game are the TV companies.

Limits could have been put in place, which would have preserved the rights and interests of clubs and fans. (Fans being the ones who go to the games, not those who sit at home or in the pub). But instead, the idiots who 'negotiated' just saw the pound signs.

It is too late to draw this back in. The horse of common sense has well and truly bolted. The fans are now the last consideration. It is all about Sky et al keeping their advertising revenue ticking over.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 27/10/2023 at 10:03:42
Martin (6),

I was very naive when TV took over the running of the Premier League. I honestly thought admission to grounds would become cheaper because of all the income the clubs would get rolling in.

They should have been cheaper but I forgot that clubs' interest in fans was the last thing on their list… always was and always will be.

Jamie Crowley
8 Posted 27/10/2023 at 14:30:46
This is bullshit!

My entire family is home for Christmas and every year the Boxing Day game is on. We all look forward to it.

How do you take away a Boxing Day game???? What the actual hell man???


Barry Hesketh
9 Posted 27/10/2023 at 14:55:18
Everton's official site is reporting that next week's Burnley League cup-tie is now a sell-out, despite the club having put some tickets on general sale earlier in the week.
Jack Convery
10 Posted 27/10/2023 at 16:01:33
The tail that wags the dog. Wish someone would cut it off.

All match-going fans of Premier League teams should stop their Sky subscriptions and any other streaming service they pay for to see live Premier League games. It is a genie that can be put back into the bottle if people use the power they have.

Jamie Crowley
11 Posted 27/10/2023 at 16:13:54

I see comments like yours in a bevy of sports: your football, our football, basketball, hockey, etc.

You're 100% correct. But to give up watching the Blues or any of my other American teams? No.

Sometimes you just have to recognize we're all pawns in life's game of chess. The power people will do what they do, and I'll pay to watch.

Just always bear in mind under the right circumstances, the pawn can become a queen and make a difference. But to give up the sports? They'd need to charge a mint frankly for me to drop the TV coverage. It's gross and awful, but it is what it is.

Bill Gall
12 Posted 27/10/2023 at 17:22:22
I think the major problem is Sky Sports’ greed. They sell the rights to the premier league games to the highest bidders.

Living in Canada, I think over the last number of seasons I have watched the Premier League with about 4/5 different suppliers with every change costing more.

Over the years I have gone from TSN in Canada, but they just had a featured game, to a company in Ireland that covered all Premier League games, to DAZN that covered all games, and now Fubo TV from the States that I believe is an affiliate of Peacock TV. The trouble with this one is I have to take a tv package with it that is already in my normal TV package.

Sky Sports are the problem: they are raking in billions and much wants more.

Michael Kenrick
13 Posted 27/10/2023 at 18:46:25
Hi Bill, I feel your pain.

But I think I might be right in saying the domestic package (Sky, TNT, Amazon) is a whole separate kettle of wax / ball of fish from said overseas package of which you are both a beneficiary and subscriber.

I'm intrigued by the oft-promulgated concept that UK kick-off times are selected to cater to specific foreign markets. Can anyone explain how this actually works? I mean prime time in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, the Far East, and the Americas is spread pretty much literally around the clock.

The cause of anguish is really the arcane Saturday afternoon blackout. If they did away with this and the clubs provided live streaming to their paid-up members, then the individual clubs could benefit more directly from their fanbase.

I think it is probably fair to say that most Premier League clubs rely on their huge respective portions of TV-derived income… yet most (18 out of 20 was the last figure I heard) are still making a loss despite this, and need money injected from owners or investors to continue running.

So imagine what an almighty clusterfuck it would now be without said thoroughly despised TV income.

Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 27/10/2023 at 21:44:47
I know that football never suffered as a television sport when Covid was around, and it possibly even enhanced the product, but that's because everyone was stuck at home bored and never had anything else to do, imo.

The match-going fans don't realise how much power they really have because they are very loyal, very passionate and possibly even a little bit stupid (sorry to everyone who doesn't miss a game👍) because they don't get the respect they deserve, whilst definitely contributing massively with regards to helping make football such a popular television sport.

Football survived without the crowds during Covid, but surely this wouldn't be sustainable now everyone is back in the land of the living?

Alan J Thompson
15 Posted 29/10/2023 at 04:55:09
Is there any consultation on kick-off time changes with anybody other than TV stations and the Premier League, are clubs and local police, transport etc consulted?

As for clubs' greed, I sometimes wonder that, if we have, as reported, a 27,000 waiting list for season tickets, why we build a ground with only about 15,000 increase in crowd capacity over our present ground, or is it because of the new site capacity?

Apologies if this was raised in the original argument.

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