No more live television for the Clarets

Last updated : 12 February 2003 By Tony Scholes
Our first appearance came early in the season, the 2-2 draw against Millwall at Turf Moor, and that was followed up with the October showing of our 3-1 defeat at Preston.

That enabled the club to collect an extra £70,000 (£60,000 for the home game and £10,000 for the away game) but there have been no live screenings since with 30 of our fixtures now played.

Sky have announced their latest three games today and that now takes us up to and including Easter Monday. That would leave just two games left and unless we were to be in the play off places there is little chance of those games being screened.

Last season as we spent the entire season near the top we did well for coverage although for fans it was a pain with the constant changing of dates and times and the club but just when we could have done with the extra money we have missed out.

There would though be a chance in the cup but this would mean us beating Fulham on Sunday, or at least drawing and hoping the replay would be chosen.

We did OK in the Worthington Cup with two ties televised and that brought in a total of £200,000 but one FA Cup appearance would be worth £265,000 to us and that is not much less than the amount we would receive for an extra four home and four away league games.

The latest fixtures to have been chosen for TV coverage are:

Nottingham Forest v Wolves (Friday 11th April 7:45 p.m.)
Reading v Nottingham Forest (Friday 18th April 7:45 p.m.)
Norwich v Wolves (Monday 21st April 5:35 p.m.)