The latest raft of televised Premier League fixtures has been announced, prompting Palace fans to bemoan Sky’s TV scheduling, given the fact that we are now facing a trip to Goodison Park on a Monday night.
Initially, our trip to face the Toffees had been pencilled in for Saturday December 5th at 3pm, but now, the money men at Sky, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to force the Palace fans who had been planning to travel to Merseyside to rearrange their plans.
Whilst there are unquestionably a huge amount of benefits that come our way as a direct consequence of the money Sky now pump into the national game, you do have to wonder whether or not the travel time of away supporters is ever even a consideration for the people tasked with handpicking the games that the satellite broadcaster chooses to show.
Alongside the trip to Everton, our Selhurst Park meeting with Chelsea will also be shown live, moving from Saturday 2nd January to Sunday the 3rd, kicking off at 1:30pm as the first part of the now traditional Sky Sports Super Sunday double-header.
Of course, our meeting with Everton will now be accessible to a much bigger number of Palace fans than had first been anticipated, which, for the masses, is undoubtedly a good thing, but all too often, the strain that is placed on the fans who follow their teams across the country is swept neatly under the carpet.
It would be easy to suggest that the needs of a few thousand fans pales into insignificance when compared to the millions who are likely to tune in on TV, but the role that supporters play in making the Premier League such an easily marketable product should never be forgotten.
Luckily, the club will be providing free coach travel to those who intend to travel to Goodison on the night as a show of gratitude for their dedication, but in truth, it would have been far better to see common sense prevail with those making the decisions in the corridors of power at Sky.