Leeds United FC are once again this year vying for a position to move up a division. Leeds currently play in the Coca Cola League 1 and are in the playoffs to move up to the Coca Cola Championship, a league in which Fox Sports already broadcast certain games through the Sky Sports (UK) feed.
Fox Sports have secured the rights for these playoffs but, currently, will not be showing the LEAGUE ONE games (which includes the dismissal of the mighty Leeds United). Leeds are widely supported in Australia and these playoff games would gain a MUCH bigger audience then the Championship games. Last year their highest audience in the playoffs was Leeds United vs Doncaster Rovers - even though this was delayed by an hour!!!!!!!!
Just to take a step back...Leeds United is a massively popular football club in Australia and all around the World and even though they currently play 3rd tier football, they are still arguably among the top 10 most popular football clubs from England and definitely one of the most popular clubs within Australia.
Australia has had a massive connection to Leeds United in the past, with Australian Players such as Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Paul Okon, Jacob Burns and Tony Dorigo, who all played for the club. They also have current Socceroo Neil Kilkenny playing for them at the moment who represented Australia at the 2008 Olympic games.
This time last year, Leeds United fans from all around Australia, swarmed to show their support for the club they love as they were in the same position as they are now. Unfortunately Leeds were unsuccessful in the play-off campaign. As Fox Sports are aware, alot of fans last year emailed Fox Sports to demand these matches be shown. To their credit, they did show the Play-off Final, even though it was delayed by 1 hour. As mentioned above, this game got a larger audience than ALL other playoff games from the Championship. Fox Sports have already said that if enough interest is shown then they may reconsider the matter!!! I think last year that we proved it was viable for these League One playoff matches (especially Leeds) to be shown in Australia, LIVE and DIRECT on Fox Sports. I am sure, it would be in the best interests of all Leeds United Fans and Football fans in general and yourselves as an entity for these matches to be shown Live and Direct.
It's a proven fact that these games broadcast live would be a big hit for Fox Sports and their customers will no doubt continue supporting them if they support us...
Im certain that when Leeds go up to the Championship, more Leeds United fans will be jumping on the Foxtel bandwagon, to watch the mighty Whites next year.