Late fixture change cost Wigan £50k, reveals Ian Lenagan

Drew Darbyshire

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan claims their late fixture change against Castleford has cost Wigan £50,000.

The Warriors had their final game of the regular season against the Tigers moved to Thursday by Sky Sports, with the game originally scheduled for the Friday.

Lenagan shared fans’ disappointment that the game was moved at late notice – but didn’t criticise the broadcaster, which pays the game £40million per year.

In his programme notes, Lenagan wrote: “The change to Thursday evening has undoubtedly affected many people and, financially, will affect Wigan as a club significantly to the tune of probably £50,000.

“We share with all fans the disappointment at the change but understand fully the right of our broadcaster, Sky, to select the games for TV and can well appreciate the consequential fairness of all the relegation games being scheduled simultaneously on Friday.

“Sky have been extremely helped in the changes sought this season and, I’m sure, will help next year again to gain even more mutual improvements as the new structures bed in.”

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