Middlesbrough’s early games that could be moved for TV after first game wasn’t picked by Sky Sports

Middlesbrough’s early games that could be moved for TV after first game wasn’t picked by Sky Sports

Middlesbrough learned their fixture list for the new Championship campaign this week and will kick-off the season at home to Millwall.

Despite the match pitting two top-six hopefuls against one another, Sky Sports have not selected the game for live TV coverage on a curtain-raising weekend that will feature no fewer than four televised games in the Championship. Instead, the Millwall game will be a traditional 3pm kick-off.

While most supporters will likely welcome that, there are obviously financial benefits to being selected to be shown on TV in the current broadcast deal, which ends at the end of the current season. Clubs get either £100,000 or £10,000 per game, depending on whether they’re the home or away side.

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Sky have not selected their picks beyond the first weekend of the new season, but likely won’t wait too long before announcing their next batch of fixtures to be shown on TV. We take a look at Boro’s early fixtures and their potential to be moved for TV.

Coventry City (a) – August 12

There’s an obvious story for this game as the two play-off rivals meet again so early in the new season. And with the three consecutive clashes at the end of last season, the pair will be meeting for what is a fourth time in five consecutive games for Boro – six for the Sky Blues by virtue of their play-off final in Luton as a result of beating Boro at the Riverside.

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It’s an easy story to sell for the broadcasters as Boro go in search of some early revenge for last season, while looking to lay an early marker and make a solid statement about their intentions this season. And looking at the fixture list for that weekend, there isn’t too much that catches the eye.

Birmingham host Leeds in a game that could attract Sky because of the size of the club fanbases alone. There’s little backstory there though, in a game Leeds will be expected to win. Perhaps the best tie of the weekend sees Southampton, in what will be Russell Martin’s first game in charge, taking on David Wagner’s Norwich City. But depending on how many games they show that weekend – also the first of the Premier League season, Boro’s trip to Coventry has a chance of being selected.

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  • June 25, 2023