It's not just the Premiership that's getting a spruce up...
So England are out of the World Cup as Riyad elegantly ranted in his 40 Years of Hurt editorial (he’s wrong about Beckham though, John Barnes had a great game against Brazil once and lived off it for too long too), but the bread and butter of the Premiership will once again soon be upon us and just like it did this summer Sky will be broadcasting the lot in High Definition.
138 live games will be spread between Sky Sports and PremPlus with further matches from the Championship, Carling Cup and selected UEFA Champions’ League fixtures also set to get the HD treatment.
Announcing the first live fixtures, Vic Wakeling, MD of Sky Sports, confirmed: ”All 138 live games on Sky Sports and PremPlus will be offered in HD. It’s something we’ve been working on for a year, and the results have been superb – the most exciting development in sports broadcasting since the introduction of colour.”
Personally I’d like to argue that the most exciting development in sports broadcasting was when my team Newcastle last won a major domestic trophy, but unfortunately that was before the introduction of colour…!?!
Liverpool’s opener verses sacrificial lambs Sheffield United on 19 August will be the first Premiership game seen in HD with Sky rather evenly mixing the televised fixtures so that by mid-October every club will have received its time in the spotlight. If you want to grab a new Sky HD Box then head over here, the hardware costs £299 but the monthly fee is only a tenner on top of a regular subscription.
So bed in now as it promises to be an exciting season. After all Rooney still has to play on the same pitch as Ronaldo, Lampard and Gerard will at some point be asked to take penalties (Jamie Carragher won’t), Shevchenko will play against the Watford back four, Shola Ameobi will continue to play some other bemusing form of sport on a football pitch and Arsene Wenger will get indignantly angry at Jose Mournho. It’s going to be fun!