League Management Company (LMC) yesterday announced November 22 and 23 as kick- off date for the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season which will come with innovations to deepen engagement with fans and sponsors.
The announcement was part of a string of decisions reached at its meeting which began on Monday and ended Wednesday afternoon in Abuja and reiterated that the on-going 2013 Glo Premier League season will be concluded on October 20 as scheduled.
Then LMC in a statement issued by Its member Mike Enahoro, said discussions have been opened with broadcast partners and Club representatives on the scheduling of live games with a view to taking the games to a wider audience including the use of terrestrial channels.
"We will in the coming season have minimum of five to six matches on television every match week and towards achieving this, we have reached an understanding with our broadcast partners and clubs on the scheduling of live broadcasts", explained Enahoro.
A further innovation to the Glo Premier League in the 2013/14 season will be special matches on Friday nights. According to Enahoro, "We have introduced the Star Match of the Week and it will hold on Fridays to be tagged Friday Night Special which will kick off 7pm and will be broadcast live".
Towards growing the fan base for the Glo Premier League Clubs, the LMC said it plans to hold double- header games in some cities. "The double-header concept is a feast of football that comes like a bonus to the cities where you have two Clubs which will have their games played same day. They may play in the same stadium on same day and the idea is to stretch the football experience for the fans either at the stadium or from television in their homes. We are simply responding to the yearnings of Nigerians for more games on television ".
While registration of players for the new season will commence immediately after the end of the 2013 season, January 2nd 2014 has been set as close of registration date. "We have extended the close of registration to make up for the short period of the transition from 2013 season to the new season. The second transfer window will open at the end of the first half of the season and we are going to adhere strictly to our timelines and ensure that the season ends before the 2014 World Cup to streamline our season", Enahoro added.