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Three of Everton’s Premier League fixtures in February 2024 have been switched after being selected for live television broadcast. 

The Blues’ clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Saturday 3 February will now be the day’s early kick-off and will be shown at 12:30 pm GMT on TNT Sports. 

A week later, the Toffees travel to take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 10 February. That game will now also be the early kick-off and will be shown live on TNT Sports at 12:30 pm GMT.

Later on in the month, Everton’s home fixture with Crystal Palace, originally scheduled for Saturday 17 February, will now take place on Monday 19 February. The game, an 8:00 pm GMT kick-off, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.  


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Simon Harrison
1 Posted 22/12/2023 at 01:06:40
Isn't this just a case of the EPL and the Broadcasters, just pi$$ing in the fans pocket, and telling them it's raining!?

Once again, the match-going fan is being ignored, or at minimum, unfairly treated (disregarded?) or worse treated as just a ca$h-cow?

Why should someone in London (or elsewhere, and possibly even further afield from Goodison) who wants to go to the match as a Palace or Everton fan; have to book half a day's leave, or a day's leave just to get to a stadium, to watch the team they follow play? And maybe even having to take the following morning off work too. Not to mention possibly disrupting family, or important social commitments too.

It is not only to get there, but I'm sure that Danny O, Rob H and many, many others can attest too; unless you have private, or club supplied transportation, just how are you meant to return home at a reasonable hour?

Especially with the state of public transport in this country? Oh, and let's not forget the poor state that the road and motorway network is in.

The EPL don't care, as they get revenue return from the match, and raised 'brand' awareness from the televising of the game.

The Broadcaster(s) actually wants this type of scheduling to help increase subscription take-up, due to fans not being able to actually get to the game... Which is a bit of reverse logic? "Football is nothing without fans; therefore, let's make it increasingly harder for the average fan to get to a game..?!"

Never mind the proposed ESL, and the 'alleged' snuffle for truffles, we tend to 'overlook' the slops that are dished out to match going fans every week. (I'm not talking about stadia food either!)

From poorly conceived kick off times, to almost 'Totalitarian Diktats' as to what is and isn't allowed (over and above the obvious H&S stuff) into rounds, to away fans being stuffed in the least salubrious parts of stadiums, to the outrageous prices charged for everyday foodstuff items to a 'captive' audience.

If I was a committed match-going fan, I'd be raising these sorts of issues with my MP and local councillors (re stadium refreshment pricing and accessibility etc) rather than bemoaning the 'alleged' corruption and venality in the game nowadays.

Some things can be changed with Government support and pressure brought to bear on the relevant parties. Whereas others are more 'institutionalised' regretfully.

Just my thoughts though, I wouldn't wish to speak or misrepresent anyone else.



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