As expected, many of Newcastle’s opening Premier League fixtures have been moved to suit the television companies.

We are already on the box on the opening weekend, taking on Arsenal as part of Sky Sports’ Super Sunday. On top of that, another four of our opening seven fixtures will be televised. Even though apparently no one outside of Newcastle actually cares about the club…

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Our second game of the season has been left untouched, meaning we will head to Norwich for a traditional 3pm kickoff on August 17th.

The following week, our trip to Tottenham’s shiny new stadium has been pushed back a day. It will now kick off at 4.30pm on August 25th, live on Sky Sports.

Then it’s another 3pm kickoff at home to Watford. Will the planned boycott for the first game carry over into the second at St James’ Park?

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After the international break, we head to Champions League holders Liverpool. That game remains on Saturday September 14th, but will now kick off at 12.30pm thanks to BT Sport.

Seven days later, Brighton head to the north east for a 5.30pm kick off. How kind of Sky to hand Brighton their longest journey of the season on a Saturday evening…

Then after that, we’re playing at 5.30pm once again, this time at the King Power Stadium against Leicester.

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But that match could be moved again depending on Manchester City’s Champions League exploits. If the champions are scheduled to play in Europe that following Tuesday, our game against Leicester will be moved to Sunday at 4.30pm.

Surely it would make sense just to swap the games around now and avoid any issues for travelling supporters. But no, that’s not how these bit TV companies operate.

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