Further to the two live for television games already announced, the season opener against Hull City and the League Cup first round game against Colchester United, four days later, Sky TV have announced another Aston Villa game to their opening slate of televised games in August.
Villa’s trip to Bristol City has now been switched to a Friday evening, with the fixture’s new details as follows:
Friday 25th August: Bristol City v Aston Villa (7:45pm)
For the selection dates of further Villa fixtures, see below.
Five Week Notice
In case you weren’t aware, as with 2016/17, the EFL and broadcast partner Sky Sports have again committed to give clubs and supporters at least five weeks’ notice ahead of any EFL matches being selected for live television coverage.
Whether that is enough time for supporters is an on-going debate.
As part of the agreement, the EFL publicly announces any fixture changes within three working days of their selection (following club consideration) 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 televised on the new date.
TV selection dates 2017/18
– Clubs notified of selections for September by 14th July.
– Clubs notified of selections for 7th October to 11th November by 25th August.
– Clubs notified of selections for 18th November to 9th December by 29th September
– Clubs notified of selections for 16th December to 13th January by 3rd November;
– Clubs notified of selections for 20th January to 3rd February by 8th December;
– Clubs notified of selections for 10th February to 3rd March by 29th December
– Clubs notified of selections for 10th March to 31st March by 19th January
– From 23rd February, a minimum five-week rolling selection commences for matches up to and including the penultimate weekend
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