Newcastle United have revealed a plan that will make papers pay for exclusive access to the club's news,
Newcastle United have revealed a series of offers and packages available to the media which would allow them access to exclusive press releases and other privileges.
Local paper The Chronicle revealed the plans on Wednesday, and many fans will be unhappy at yet another move by chairman Mike Ashley that will bring unwanted attention to the club. Perhaps Newcastle United are predicting many clubs will follow suit in the future, and they are just the first to take advantage. That is however if the media take them up on their offer.
There are reportedly numerous packages available to the papers that will allow them different kinds of exclusive access. These have yet to be revealed, but the media will have to consider whether it is worth forking out money to grant themselves access. Are Newcastle United a big enough attraction for their readers? Well when Joe Kinnear is on board at the club, anything is possible. So you would want as much access as possible just in case something big does happen.
Players and staff will of course be available just before and after matches as per the Premier League rules, but everything else during the week will have to be paid for by the media outlets. Given that they have banned a few papers already this season, this move isn't that surprising. Now Newcastle can pick and choose which papers they will grant access for whilst at the same time benefitting from it.
Personally I don't think many clubs will follow in The Magpies footsteps. In all honesty we just may not hear much coming out of St James' Park in the future.
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