The Scottish Premiership resumes this Saturday after the worldwide break. All six matches kick-off at 15:00 BST, with one notable exception.
The conflict between Dundee and Aberdeen has been shunted again three hours on the request of each golf equipment.
An odd kick-off time for a Scottish sport? Actually. The beginning of a brand new development? Nicely, maybe.
With followers typically agitating for extra handy slots, here is why the 2 have opted to attempt one thing new.
Briefly, Dundee and Aberdeen hope kicking off later will increase the worldwide protection of the Dens Park sport.
Each golf equipment have sturdy hyperlinks to the USA – Dundee are owned by two People, whereas Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack relies within the US.
Via Cormack, the Pittodrie membership have established a relationship with Atlanta United, whose season ticket holders are routinely granted entry to the membership’s in-house tv channel, RedTV.
Cormack has spoken earlier than about making Aberdeen “America’s Scottish soccer crew”.
Six years in the past, Dundee proposed the thought of shifting a house league match in opposition to Celtic to the USA, the primary time a Scottish league sport would have been held abroad.
Though the transfer did not get the go-ahead on the time, as just lately as 2017 Dundee mentioned they had been nonetheless the potential for enjoying a sport in the USA.
Aberdeen, who’ve been eager to check out Saturday evening video games for a while, made an identical request to Hibernian two seasons in the past, which was rejected by the Easter Highway membership.
The membership defined on Twitter they want to “trial totally different approaches in pursuit of attracting higher attendances and publicity”.
Additionally they added that the later kick-off time would “permit for worldwide broadcast”.
Aberdeen and Dundee are two of 5 Premiership golf equipment who’ve commissioned impartial advisers to conduct a assessment of the SPFL and establish “important further revenues for the advantage of all”.
Together with Dundee United, Hearts and Hibernian, they’ve engaged Deloitte to undertake the analysis, which has been endorsed by the SPFL. 4 of the 5 membership house owners have been at one time based mostly in the USA.