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Friday Night Lights: Premier League to alter schedule in 2016

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Manchester United’s Ashley Young, kicks the ball clear from Southampton’s Emmanuel Mayuka during their English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary’s stadium in Southampton, England, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


When the 2016-17 Premier League season begins, the schedule England’s top flight will look a bit more like the Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1.

That’s because England is joining Germany, Spain, France and others as domestic leagues to play Friday night games.

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The move helps alleviate the stress placed on teams performing in the UEFA Champions League.

From the Associated Press:

The new slot was included in the bidding documents for the 2016-19 television rights, issued on Friday to British broadcasters, who can show only 168 of the 380 games live.

There are seven packages of rights, five with 28 games and two with 14 games. The existing Monday night package will add Friday night games for the first time, potentially giving Champions League participants longer to prepare for European matches.

So what say you? The more, the merrier? Or do you think the schedule is already stretched too thin. We know we’re into the change!

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