Norwich City are set to land a big cash bonus after the announcement of three more live TV dates has taken them above the minimum allocation for each Premier League club.

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The Canaries’ match at Newcastle United will be played on Sunday, March 18 (4pm), switched from its original March 17 date, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

In addition, the kick-off time for two of City’s remaining home matches has been changed for live TV coverage.

The game against current leaders Manchester City at Carrow Road on Saturday, April 14, has been selected by Sky Sports and will now kick off at 12.45pm. And the visit of Liverpool on Saturday, April 28, has been moved to a 5.30pm kick-off, to be shown by ESPN, who also screened the two sides’ meeting at Anfield in October.

These three dates take the Canaries to 11 live Premier League appearances for the season, adding about £½m to their guaranteed TV payments.

A Premier League spokesman said each club was paid a facility fee of £485,000 per live TV match in the UK. There are extras for internet, phone and delayed rights, and each club is guaranteed at least 10 live matches – or 10 payments – per season.

While it is further income for City, a 4pm Sunday kick-off at Newcastle is bad news for their travelling fans, who were faced with an 8pm kick-off for the midweek game at nearby Sunderland earlier this month.

Robin Sainty, chairman of the Independent Norwich City Supporters’ Club, said the Newcastle switch was “ridiculous”, with fans already facing a return trip of about 520 miles, the second longest after Swansea.

He said: “I understand Sky pays the money and calls the tune but this one is over the top and to judge from comments I’ve seen today a lot of people are pretty unhappy about it.

“It seems to affect teams like Norwich, who are out on a limb, more than most. People have to part with a significant amount of money and many will have already arranged their weekend.

“It’s messed up my arrangements for a start because I booked into a deal just after Christmas to stay in Newcastle and now I’m committed to being there and it will be a very late night getting back.”

Last season, champions Manchester United were paid the most in facility fees, banking £13.54m from their live Premier League games, out of total TV and prize money of £60.42m. Relegated Blackpool were one of eight clubs receiving the joint lowest handout of £5.82m in appearance money.

14 comments

  • Good point Erpingham Tractor, don't bite the hand that feeds you. Robin, do you want Paul Lambert to have a smaller transfer budget than any other premier league team?

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    Canaryfan 25

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • I was rubbing my hands at the thought of an extra £500k, its good for the club.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • Quit moaning Robin. This is the Premier League. If you don't want to travel far go and follow Yarmouth.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • I sympathise with people when their arrangements are compromised by the TV companies but if we want their cash then we have to play by their rules. Anyway Robin you can't have fancied our FA Cup chances much as the 17th March is 6th Round day. Have you been speaking to Paul Lambert ?

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    Graham Last

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • Lindisfarne and Roker Beach don't get you a suntan!

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • As the Singing Postman said, "Dew Yer Father keep a Dickey"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • B Inners, only just noticed your literary allusion! Another Senior moment (or series of). I thought Aldiborontiphosskypphorniostikos was a Norwich City goalkeeper until I read a bit of Edward! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 24, 2012

  • Yes, Swiss, I think Robin Sainty needs to buy himself a lear jet!

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • Be thankful we have the option of going to Newcastle or Swansea. It could still be Carlisle, Plymouth or Cardiff or worse still Ip5w1ch. As for Robin he was hoping for Sunderland in the 6th round!

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • Multi-ethered. So boring, middle Europe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • Mr Brewer,was it not 'Ha' Yer Fa'er Got a Dickey, Boy'?

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    greenmanwalking

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • He looks like he might struggle to grow a moustache for charity

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • The North East is a lovely place to visit, so why not combine the trip with a short holiday...

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • As Pink Floyd said, "Money, it's a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash. New car, caviar, four star daydream. Think I'll buy me a football team."

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

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