Sky Sports has announced more EFL TV selections to be shown live in July and August along with the games already picked.
Just as we say goodbye to 2021/22, it’s time to turn our focus onto next season now that fixtures are out and pre-season is in full swing.
10 more games, all from the second tier, have been picked, again leaving fans annoyed with Leagues One and Two missed off.
Monday 1 August – Watford v Sheffield United – 8.00pm
Saturday 6 August – Norwich City v Wigan Athletic – 12.30pm
Monday 8 August – West Bromwich Albion v Watford – 8.00pm
Friday 12 August – Watford v Burnley – 8.00pm
Saturday 13 August – Cardiff City v Birmingham City – 12.30pm
Tuesday 16 August – Queens Park Rangers v Blackpool – 8.00pm
Wednesday 17 August – Sheffield United v Sunderland AFC – 8.00pm
Friday 19 August – Norwich City v Millwall – 8.00pm
Sunday 21 August – Bristol City v Cardiff City – 12.00pm
Friday 26 August – Luton Town v Sheffield United – 8.00pm
Saturday 27 August – Sunderland AFC v Norwich City – 12.30pm
Tuesday 30 August – Watford v Middlesbrough – 8.00pm
Wednesday 31 August – Blackpool v Blackburn Rovers – 8.00pm
Friday 29 July – Huddersfield Town v Burnley – 8pm
Saturday 30 July – Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion – 5.30pm
Sunday 31 July – Sunderland v Coventry City – 12pm
Monday 1 August – Watford v Sheffield United – 8pm
Saturday 6th August – Norwich City v Wigan Athletic – 12:30pm
Monday 8th August – West Brom v Watford – 8pm
Tuesday 9th August – Bradford City v Hull City – 7.45pm
Wednesday 10th August – Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland – 7.45pm
This is what Twitter users had to say on the latest EFL selections for July and August revealed…
@EthanOsafc: 3 out of our first 5 televised. The new West Brom we are ffs
@minimckeone: Get tounge out of watfords arse
@BenWignall: Sky Sports Watford
@rees0909: People think it’s just @premierleague which is elitist but it’s the same with @SkySports who only ever seem to show championship football. #utg
@Tom_mason28: Was really hoping to watch a few Watford games shame sky couldn’t deliver
@lukeoufcbodily: It’s the Watford show
@Nin0_Bar0ne: Someone needs to buy the EFL rights from Sky they are absolutely terrible with coverage.
@Matt_Walker96: Full season of watching Watford on Sky. Fun
@connalSUFC: Fuck right off sky you fucking wankers
@RTW1993: On Sky 4 times in first month. Massive.
@conker_697: Still unaware League’s One and Two exist I see
@bennacky180: Nothing below the championship yet again, why doesn’t that surprise me
@PompeyFan202188: You just gonna sit down and take it @SkyBetLeagueOne & @SkyBetLeagueTwo?!
@The1884Rams: Why on god’s green earth are Watford on 3 times in 11 days? 🤢
@Jamesr02_: Someone should tell sky two other leagues exist
@HBscfc93: Should read… Championship games selected for TV…
@morganlewis23: Might as well just give them the Championship rights and League One and Two in international breaks
@BenHewittMfc: No trains back after 10 nice one lads 👍
@Benhoyland93: Luton away moved to Friday night 🤣🤣🤣🤣 is that 7 fixture changes already ?
@wadannatt: 👍 No #htafc games in August… nice. We’re no longer Sky Sports Huddersfield now Carlos has gone.
The amount of times EFL teams have been selected by Sky Sports in the 2021/22 season
Nottingham Forest were live on Sky Sports the most times last season, a total of 22 showings while Fulham were televised on Sky 19 times, while Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Huddersfield have been shown 18 times.
Also in double figures when it comes to showings on Sky, are the following West Brom (17), Derby (14), Bournemouth (13), Middlesbrough (13), Blackburn (11) and Luton (11).
SWANSEA – 9
BIRMINGHAM – 8
COVENTRY – 8
BARNSLEY – 7
STOKE – 7
HULL – 7
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY – 6
PRESTON – 6
READING – 6
SUNDERLAND – 6
MK DONS – 5
ROTHERHAM – 5
BRISTOL CITY – 4
WYCOMBE – 4
BLACKPOOL – 4
MANSFIELD – 4
PORT VALE – 4
PETERBOROUGH – 3
SWINDON – 3
PLYMOUTH – 3
CHARLTON – 2
SALFORD – 2
MILLWALL – 2
BURTON – 2
PORTSMOUTH – 2
FOREST GREEN – 2
SUTTON – 2
WIGAN – 2
NORTHAMPTON – 2
LEYTON ORIENT – 1
CHELTENHAM – 1
BOLTON – 1
DONCASTER – 1
COLCHESTER – 1
HARTLEPOOL – 1
IPSWICH – 1
CAMBRIDGE – 1
GILLINGHAM – 1
NEWPORT – 1
This list doesn’t take into account much of the games that were on the red button we believe, though we have added the cup finals and the playoffs into it.
Meanwhile, the EFL confirms its stance on a potential scrapping of the 3pm television blackout rule.
Clubs in the English Football League are to have their say about potentially scrapping the 3pm television blackout rule this summer.
The rule, which was brought into force back in the 1960s, bans live football from being shown on TV between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday. However with people’s viewing habits changing and the pandemic seeing blackout rules temporarily axed, it raises talk of Saturday 3pm games being made available to broadcast.
However, contrary to various reports, the EFL aren’t said to be actively promoting this outcome but do insist that member clubs who want change can talk about it during this summer’s AGM which takes place in June.
When football returned after the Covid break in June 2020, all EFL games were broadcast over the iFollow streaming service with fans unable to attend matches. This included those taking place at 3pm on Saturdays.