Sky Sports were due to broadcast the Leeds United game against Swansea on Sunday but there’s been a change of plans.
After the Brentford win, and with Sky only able to show six Leeds games, the TV cameras have been pulled from the game in Wales.
Instead, the Stoke City v Birmingham game has been moved up to the 1.30pm kick-off slot.
That news was confirmed by Sky Sports last night and by LUTV commentator Bryn Law.
He put out a few tweets on Tuesday night starting with, “Change of plans by Sky means only place to watch the Swansea game on Sunday will now be #.”
Change of plans by Sky means only place to watch the Swansea game on Sunday will now be #lutv
— Bryn (@BrynLaw) July 7, 2020
Asked whether the kick-off time for the Swansea game could now change, Law said, “I don’t know. Clubs will only have been notified of the switch this evening.”
However, Sky confirmed that the kick-off time for the Leeds game will remain the same with both matches now kicking off at 1.30pm.
— Sky Bet Championship (@SkyBetChamp) July 8, 2020
It means the only way to watch the Swansea game will now be through LUTV, at a cost of either £10 for UK viewers or £5 for overseas fans.
Leeds fans aren’t happy with the fixture disruption at the moment and they’re not happy about playing last each week.
There’s going to be more pressure on Leeds this Thursday and especially if West Brom win tonight.
Brentford and Fulham have already won their games and the gap back to third is just three points now.
If West Brom win then they’ll leapfrog Leeds at the top of the table.
That scheduling is not good but the Sky flip-flops were always going to happen.
They want their cameras at stadiums for the biggest games and they want them there if Leeds can get promoted.
They’re only allowed to show six games and that means making last-minute switches according to how results go.
It’s just a side effect of being successful but it certainly doesn’t help Leeds. As for the kick-off on Sunday, it would surely have made sense to put this back.
Leeds have already had to travel to Cardiff for an early Sunday kick-off and that didn’t go so well.
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