There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that the date has been set for Tottenham Hotspur’s home match against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup, and it’ll take place on January 7 at Wembley Stadium.
The bad news is that it was not selected as one of the matches that will be televised in the United Kingdom.
Our @EmiratesFACup third round tie v @AFCWimbledon has not been selected for TV coverage and will take place on Sunday 7 January (KO: 3pm).— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 7, 2017
Ticket details will be announced in due course. #COYS pic.twitter.com/6colV5dZs3
That’s a major bummer for UK fans. Also, you’re not going to like what I say next: the Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal match WAS selected for television, because of course it was.
The selected matches seemed to be the ones that feature big clubs away at home grounds of cup minnows, which I understand because The Magic of the Cup, innit? The Merseyside Derby match between Everton and Liverpool will be televised, naturally, as well as the derby between Brighton and Crystal Palace. However, Manchester United’s third round game vs. Derby County was not selected, which ends a 58-match consecutive streak of United cup games on British television. Wow.
Fox Sports owns the American broadcast rights to the FA Cup, and it’s not clear yet whether Tottenham’s match will be broadcast in the States, or elsewhere in the world. We’ll let you know when we find out.
Meanwhile, here’s a full list of FA Cup third round matches that will be televised in the UK.
Friday, January 5 (all times UK)
- Liverpool vs. Everton - 7:55 pm, BBC 1
Saturday, January 6
- Fleetwood/Hereford vs. Leicester - 12:45 pm, BBC 1
- Norwich vs. Chelsea - 5:30 pm, BT Sport 1
Sunday, January 7
- Newport County vs. Leeds - noon, BBC Wales
- Shrewsbury Town vs. West Ham - 2:00 pm, BBC 1
- Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal - 4:00 pm, BT Sport 1
Monday, January 8
- Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Crystal Palace - 7:45 pm, BT Sport 1