In a couple of somewhat relevant bits, Twitter have announced that they’re teaming up with Sky to show clips of goals in the upcoming season.
The social media platform is trying to take advantage of it’s instant reach by providing action from games to users in the UK and Ireland.
David Gibbs, digital director of Sky Sports and Sky News, said, “We’re delighted to be working with Twitter to bring in-game clips to football fans across the UK and Ireland as part of our biggest ever season of football.
“By expanding our partnership with Twitter, we can bring even more great action to an even bigger audience.”
Of course you don’t have to look too hard to find those clips anyway, and the broadcaster has obviously decided to get on board themselves, embracing the new reality rather than shutting it down. What it might mean for the amateur goal clip providers remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, the FA have announced that a fourth substitute can be used in FA Cup games which go into extra time – but only in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn said, “With The Cup now adopting a straight knockout format from the quarter finals onwards, the introduction of a fourth substitute in extra time will bring extra intrigue and interest.
“Also, from a technical point of view, it will be interesting to see how managers use the chance to make an additional substitution in such high-profile games and the impact it has on the final result.
“Player welfare and being mindful of the number of games people play at the elite level has also been a consideration.”
It’s an interesting development, let’s see how it’s used this season as we march our way to another cup triumph.