Earlier today, the Premier League revealed the fixtures for the 2012-13 season. In the world of soccer blogs, today is a Black Monday (more about that later), but what do you think of the fixtures that have been revealed for your team? Do you think your club will get a good start to the season? Or do you think has been unkind to your club?
Share your opinions in the comments section below.
For Swansea, the club has a much easier start to the season compared to last August where they kicked off their opening game against Manchester City. While Swansea’s start to the season will be far easier than last year, the fixture computer has been unkind to the Swans in terms of who they play during the last fortnight of the season, where they’re up against some of the top clubs in the league.
You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned which clubs the Swans will be playing again. And that’s on purpose. Today feels like a Black Monday to me because no websites are allowed to publish any of the fixtures for the Premier League unless that site has purchased a license to do so. The cost of the license is several thousand dollars, which most blogs cannot afford. It’s a ridiculous policy that is fueled by the Premier League’s desire to make as much money as possible. Personally, I believe it hurts them more than it helps them.
Last summer, I decided to be a bit cute when posting the opening weekend Premier League fixtures. Instead of listing the team names, I listed the unlicensed team names that are used in the video game PES. So, for example, instead of listing Manchester United, I wrote Man Red. And instead of Liverpool, I wrote Merseyside Red. And so on. You would think that would get around the arcane rules the Premier League has in place (or, Football DataCo, to be exact — which is owned by the Premier League and Football League). However, after posting the PES names, I received a blunt e-mail from Football DataCo representatives saying that I was in violation of their license agreement. Needless to say, the experience has left a bitter taste in my mouth, but it’s unfortunately par for the course in regards to how the Premier League treats other websites.
Back to the original question, let us know what you think of the fixtures that have been announced, and post your opinions in the comments section below.