West Ham United Manager David Moyes has stated that the new kick-off times of the new 2019-2020 Premier League Television Rights Package wouldn’t bother him as he prepares his side to face Chelsea in The Premier League tomorrow lunchtime.
The new deal up for grabs was announced yesterday by The League, with the likes of Sky Sports and BT battling it out for their share of the right to show 200 live matches a season from the 2019/2020 campaign.
But, surely the biggest controversy of the altered schedule is the fact that Saturday 3 PM kick-offs will be almost entirely replaced by eight games kicking off at 7:45 PM per weekend instead.
However, Moyes, speaking in his Pre-Chelsea Press Conference, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, seemed unfazed by the news,
“I don’t think I’d be against Saturday night, I’ve been in Spain and as long as we don’t get like Spain and get to ten-o’clock kick-offs and stuff like that”. The Scotsman went on to add,
“I’m a Football supporter would I quite enjoy going to a game Saturday night?
Possibly, but look, I think now we’re in the position where I think if you weren’t on every Saturday night you would be OK, I think the odd one, you might be fine with it”.
The new three-year agreement will also offer Broadcasters the chance to feature a whole Top-Flight round of games live for the first time in history.
Fans will see this at four points during the season, three midweek Matchdays and one on Bank Holiday Monday, seeing 42 more live fixtures being shown than there currently is.
The deal will also be worth a lot more than the one that is currently in existence, featuring an inflated price on the fees that are already paid by Sky and BT, that total up to over five-billion as it is.
This has brought with it rumours that other Companies such as Corporate Giants Amazon and Facebook, or even Google may attempt to obtain the privileges, although it is worth noting that a decision could be far off.
Meanwhile, Moyes also spoke of his improving injury situation as strikers Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez have returned to training, but will still be unavailable for this weekend’s huge London Derby.
Jose Fonte (foot), James Collins (ankle) and Sam Byram (hamstring) continue to be side-lined for The Hammers, who are in desperate need of quick points to climb out of the dreaded drop zone.
One man who they could also be without on Saturday is Joe Hart as he faces being dropped to the substitutes’ bench after teammate Adrian San-Miguel put in a marvellous performance whilst covering for Hart, illegible against his parent club Manchester City last Sunday.
Moyes was coy on which goalkeeper he will choose for his second home game in charge, proclaiming,
“I’ve got my own decision in my own mind, but I’ll wait to tomorrow to announce it”.
But, whatever call the new Boss makes, he will certainly hope it is the right one in a Saturday lunchtime slot that may not exist itself for much longer under the new regulations, follow right here tomorrow to find out what happens when Antonio Conte’s Blues visit East London on our Live Blog, live from The London Stadium Press Box from 10:30 AM.