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TV selections for first weekend of season announced

Fans get details of when games will be picked for broadcast

20 June 2019

The 2019/20 fixtures for all three divisions of the Sky Bet EFL have been confirmed, with five games selected for Sky Sports coverage to kick-start the new season. As part of the live action on Sky Sports, Luton Town, fresh from back-to-back promotions over the course of the last two campaigns, open proceedings as they welcome Middlesbrough to Kenilworth Road on 2 August in the Friday night football offering. The fixture sees the respective managers, Graeme Jones and Jonathan Woodgate, in the dugout competitively for the first time.

Making their debut in the Sky Bet EFL, Salford City will host Stevenage in front of the Sky Sports cameras in a 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday 3 August, before West Bromwich Albion travel to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest later that day in a 5.30pm start. Bristol City and Leeds United clash at Ashton Gate on Sunday 4 August in a 4.30pm kick-off, before the opening weekend of action is rounded off in West Yorkshire, as Huddersfield Town host Derby County on Monday 5 August at 7.45pm.

Throughout the course of the 2019/20 season, Sky Sports will exclusively show 130 live matches from the Sky Bet EFL season, as well as an additional eight co-exclusive fixtures. There will also be 15 matches from the Carabao Cup, at least three from the EFL Trophy and the Play-Offs in their entirety. The eight co-exclusive Sky Bet Championship games will take place on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings and will be broadcast simultaneously with other Sky Bet Championship games.  These eight games will also be available to stream on clubs’ DTC offerings.

Opening Sky Bet EFL matches selected for Sky Sports

Friday 2 August                             

Luton Town v Middlesbrough

19.45pm

Saturday 3 August                 

Salford City v Stevenage

12.30pm

Saturday 3 August

Nottingham Forest v West Bromwich Albion

17.30pm

Sunday 4 August

Bristol City v Leeds United

16.30pm

Monday 5 August

Huddersfield Town v Derby County

19.45pm

TV SELECTIONS

In line with the new Domestic Broadcast Agreement with Sky Sports coming into force from the beginning of the 2019/20 season, further amendments have been made to the TV Selections Policy. The minimum five week commitment remains in place for the majority of the season but the rolling basis period commences for matches taking place from 7 March onwards is to be shortened to four weeks’ public notice. The date of rolling selections commences on 7 February for matches from 7 March onwards. The notice period remains at three weeks for the penultimate weekend of the season as per the amendment in March 2018.

SKY SPORTS LIVE TV ANNOUNCEMENT DATES 2019/20

(Illustrative but subject to a five-week minimum notice commitment)

  • Remainder of August Selections for 10 August to 31 August by 5 July.
  • Selections for 7 September to 28 September by 26 July.
  • Selections for 2 October to 9 November by 30 August.
  • Selections for 16 November to 7 December by 4 October.
  • Selections for 11 December to 11 January by 1 November.
  • Selections for 18 January to 1 February by 6 December.
  • Selections for 8 February to 29 February by 3 January.
  • Selections for 7 March by 7 February.
  • Selections for 14 March and 18 March by 14 February.
  • Selections for 21 March by 21 February.
  • Selections for 28 March by 28 February.
  • Selections for 4 April by 6 March.
  • Selections for 10 April to 13 April by 13 March.
  • Selections for 18 April by 20 March.
  • Selections for 25 April by 3 April.
  • Selections for 2 and 3 May by 27 April.

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