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Sky Sports+ | information around live broadcasts and fixture changes

14 May 2024

Club News

Sky Sports+ | information around live broadcasts and fixture changes

14 May 2024

AS part of its new deal with the EFL, Sky Sports is introducing a brand new channel - Sky Sports+ - next season.

With Sky Sports+, EFL fans will be able to watch their EFL team over 20 times a season with more than 1,000 games available to choose from, including every Carabao Cup fixture. Sky Sports+ is included at no extra cost for Sky Sports existing subscribers.

We have put together the guide below to hopefully answer a few questions that Salop fans may have about the new broadcast deal and how it will affect fixtures in the 2024/25 season.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SALOP, HOW MANY GAMES COULD BE MOVED?

With the increase in the number of televised games, it does not necessarily mean all these will be displaced and many will be shown live at the original time they were scheduled.

The 1,000-plus matches include all Carabao Cup and Bristol Street Motors Trophy matches. In addition, the scheduled midweek matches, Bank Holiday matches and opening and closing weekend matches will form part of this.

As such, a significant amount of the matches will be delivered without any fixture movement.

Where matches are selected for weekend coverage, that will be managed by, a) advanced notice as outlined in the next section and, b) a set of controls within the contract, which ensures balance to the selections.

On a regular weekend of fixtures, 26 matches will be scheduled on Saturday 3pm and not broadcast in the UK.

Therefore, by way of example, an indicative breakdown of these broadcast selections is below. Please note this is indicative and is only used as a rough guide for supporters.

  • Championship
    • 8 x scheduled midweek matches
    • Opening weekend and final day matches
    • 4 x Bank Holiday matches (Easter x 2, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day)
    • All scheduled Carabao Cup matches
    • 10 x regular weekend matches (with games moving across a number of slots across the weekend with the bulk of fixtures set to be shown at 12.30pm on Saturday)
  • League One and League Two
    • 5 x scheduled midweek matches
    • Opening weekend and final day matches
    • 4 x Bank Holiday matches (Easter x 2, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day)
    • 4 x League One and League Two matches played during the 4 international breaks
    • All scheduled Carabao Cup matches
    • All scheduled Bristol Street Motors Trophy matches
    • 3 x regular weekend matches (majority of these games will be shown on Saturdays at 12.30pm) with one match shown on a Sky Sports front channel.

HOW MUCH NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN IF A GAME IS MOVED FOR BROADCAST?

Sky Sports and the EFL will make good on a new commitment for clubs and fans which will provide longer notice periods on TV selections.

The notice periods for selections are as follows:

  • Within seven days of the 2024/25 Fixture Release (26 June 2024) selections shall be made in respect of all matches to be played before the end of September.
  • By 16 July, selections shall be made in respect of all matches scheduled to be played prior to the end of the third round of the FA Cup (January 2025).
  • By 1 November, selections shall be made in respect of all matches to be played between the end of the third round proper of the FA Cup and the first weekend of March.
  • Selections for matches scheduled after the first weekend in March will be made on a four-week rolling basis starting from 1 February (e.g. a selection for the first weekend in April will be selected in the first weekend in March). 

In the first instance, this is almost six months’ notice provided to fans and clubs – a significant increase on the current arrangement – which sees five weeks' notice given across the majority of the season. By selecting TV picks early and giving much more notice, it will enable fans to be able to plan with certainty when making travel and hotel arrangements.

WHAT CHANGES WILL THERE BE TO THE BROADCAST FROM THE CURRENT OFFERING?

Whereas last season's coverage on iFollow was shot from a single camera perspective, Sky Bet League One games next season will be filmed on four cameras, providing a much greater experience for fans watching streams or games on Sky Sports+. Carabao Cup games will use at least two cameras and Bristol Street Motors Trophy games will retain the single-camera set-up until the semi-finals.

WHAT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTERS?

International fans will still be able to stream matches as at present via the club's new digital offering, which will be arriving over the summer. Further details will be announced in due course.

CAN I STILL LISTEN TO AUDIO COMMENTARY FROM BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE?

Yes, you can still purchase Audio Passes for games in 2024/25, with commentary provided by BBC Radio Shropshire and commentary from Stuart Dunn, and commentary will be provided for international supporters with their streams. Commentary from BBC Radio Shropshire will not appear on matches live on Sky Sports+.

A FULL Q&A WITH ANSWERS TO FURTHER QUERIES FROM THE EFL AND SKY SPORTS IS AVAILABLE HERE

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