The EFL and Sky Sports have agreed which games will be televised at the start of the 2017/18 season.

Following vociferous complaints from football supporters about late changes to fixtures to accommodate coverage on TV, the two organisations have issued this statement:-

In a joint commitment with broadcaster Sky Sports, the EFL has vowed to ensure all its clubs are given at least five weeks’ notice ahead of any matches selected for live television coverage.

Furthermore, the EFL will then commit to publicly announcing any fixture changes within three working days in order to give EFL supporters as much time as is possible to allow for any alterations to travel plans that may be required.

If both the EFL and Sky Sports are unable to meet this timeframe then the clubs involved have the ability to choose not to be broadcast live on television. However, if both Clubs mutually agree to the rescheduling of the fixture within this five-week period then the game will be played on the new date.

These are the games so far chosen, with the possibility of one more game being added.

  • Fri 4th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Sunderland v Derby County (7:45pm)
  • Sat 5th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Aston Villa v Hull City (5:30pm)
  • Sun 6th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United (4:30pm)
  • Wed 9th Aug: Carabao Cup – Colchester United v Aston Villa (7:45pm)
  • Thu 10th Aug: Carabao Cup – Bury v Sunderland (7:45pm)
  • Sat 12th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Middlesbrough v Sheffield United (5:30pm)
  • Fri 18th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Burton Albion v Birmingham City (7:45pm)
  • Sat 19th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Sunderland v Leeds United (5:30pm)
  • Fri 25th Aug: Sky Bet Championship – Bristol City v Aston Villa (7:45pm)
  • Sat 2nd Sep: Sky Bet League One – Bradford City v Bristol Rovers (12:30pm)
  • Sun 3rd Sep: Sky Bet League One – Blackburn Rovers v Fleetwood Town (12:15pm)
  • Sun 3rd Sep: Sky Bet League One – Portsmouth v Rotherham United (2:30pm)
  • Fri 8th Sep: Sky Bet Championship – Derby County v Hull City (7:45pm)
  • Sat 9th Sep: Sky Bet Championship – Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest (5:30pm)

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