Just another United game dictated by non British market influence...
BBC only own the domestic tv rights and don’t get a penny from the foreign. broadcast whilst Friday night is mid afternoon in North America and it’s between about 2am-5am in Asia. 7:55 is prime time for uk market. I don’t think you’ve thought this through personally.
I think you've over thought this...Mid afternoon is the traditional kickoff time of the Cup. The BBC haven't chosen the time, the FA has to take advantage of non domestic markets. They sell the game to U.S companies. If it's aired on unsocial hours, they can't charge as much.
Wrong. BBC have had games kick off at 7.55pm for years since they bought the rights. It’s so they have time for analysis before the 10 o clock news.
...the other markets have existed long before the BBC picked up the rights, not that I'm convinced they have final say on what time football games start and finish. Besides they have multiple channels, absolutely no need to cram programming in before or after anything else
There were hardly Friday games in the previous TV contract with ITV and Setanta... The new overseas deal was the reason for the staggered kick offs in round 3, but the BBC has had Friday kick offs since 2014. United were away at Derby on a Friday night in 2015 on the BBC.
Can’t even watch it in US. 3pm on a Friday?
Them damn foreigners ruining your fun again? 🤦♂️