English television scuppers Irish league’s Friday nights

The Premier League’s plan to play Friday night matches will put pressure on attendances for League of Ireland fixtures, writes John Fallon

21st December, 2014

League of Ireland clubs face a battle to claim compensation for televised English Premier League games clashing with their Friday night fixtures from 2016.

Under the terms of the latest broadcasting rights agreement, up to ten games will be televised on the night that has become the preserve of domestic fixtures in both the Premier and First Divisions.

Attracting punters has proven difficult for financially stretched League of Ireland clubs, with 1,600 the average turnout for...

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