Tottenham fans have been left fuming by Sky Sports’ decision not to televise the opening game at their new stadium against Crystal Palace, with Manchester City’s clash with Cardiff selected for TV coverage instead.
After months of delays, Spurs have finally given the new ground the green light and will host Roy Hodgson’s Eagles in the curtain-raiser but with tickets in huge demand, thousands had been hoping that they would be able to watch the first competitive clash from the comfort of their own homes; leaving Sky looking like they’ve made a bit of a PR own goal.
I dare say the logic behind the decision to show Manchester City against Cardiff was made given the jeopardy of their separate scenarios at each end of the Premier League table but even so, I’ll happily admit to empathising with Tottenham fans’ anger on what is set to be a truly historic day for their football club.
It sounds as though the stadium’s opening ceremony will be broadcast live but not the game itself, which to me adds to the weirdness of the decision. Imagine sitting through Robbie Williams’ opening ditty at the 2018 Russian World Cup, only to have the TV cut off coverage just before the tournament itself finally got underway, it’s simply counterintuitive.
Whilst “officially” I shouldn’t say it, we all know that the vast majority of supporters looking to tune in for the match will be able to do so via alternative methods but that’s not really the point for Tottenham fans who quite rightly feel that any other top six club in the same scenario would automatically have their stadium’s first game televised, were there an opportunity to do so.
As you can see, the Spurs fan-base are feeling rather peeved and I don’t blame them.
I see Sky are showing the City v Cardiff game at the expense of the new Spurs stadium opening. Can you imagine Liverpool moving into a new ground and @SkySports not being all over it? Disgraceful.
— Neil Bates (@poshpig3008) March 19, 2019
Not even on tv ffs 🤦♂️
— Ken Doyle (@Doylee83) March 19, 2019
Looks like they’ve picked City’s game against Cardiff instead 😩
— D (@wise0w1) March 19, 2019
Sky have just put Man City v Cardiff up for that date. Wtf are they thinking?
— PB1882 (@pb1882) March 19, 2019