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Impact of new Premier League TV deals on Newcastle takeover is total red herring


No rational fan expects any Newcastle takeover to be agreed in the next couple of months.

Until the relegation question is answered, it looks impossible for Mike Ashley and any potential buyer to agree a figure.

However, the media, especially local papers covering Newcastle United, have been banging on about how once the new Premier League TV deals are announced, that could have a major impact on the takeover happening, or not.

The position we are now at is that five of the seven packages have been confirmed by the Premier League for UK rights, these cover 160 games per season.

It works out so far at £9.3m per game, rather than the current average of £10.2m per match, though with two packages totalling another 40 live games, it is expected the total amount of revenue will work out pretty much the same as the current deal that runs until the end of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Many analysts are saying that with the remaining two packages not being as attractive, they are set to be agreed at a price per match lower than the £9.3m per game for the five packages Sky Sports and BT Sport have so far secured.

The net result being Premier League clubs getting similar revenues to what they get now but fans inconvenienced by the fact it is 200 PL matches to be show each season of the 380 games, rather than the current 168 live games shown each year.

As for the overseas rights, with a number of deals still to be agreed (they are agreed on a country by country/region by…

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