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Sky Sports announce televised matches for League Cup third round

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The last time Chelsea's third round match in the League Cup was televised was two years ago, when we visited Swindon Town (we won 2-0 with goals from Fernando Torres(!) and Ramires).  We were also on TV in 2011, I think, when we hosted Fulham in a West London Derby(-ish).  So that's not a bad hit rate, actually, considering that only two out of the 16 third round matches get chosen, though we will not be continuing the on-off pattern this year with two major derbies drawn out of the hat yesterday.

Unsurprisingly, the North London Derby and the Second City Derby were chosen over our trip to League One Walsall (which shall occur on Wednesday, September 23; ticketing details have not yet been released).  While this just merely an inconvenience for us, Walsall had been hoping to get chosen to receive the extra cash payout that comes with Sky's cameras.

Of course, this refers to television just in the UK.  Chances are, like last year, the match will be on internationally, thanks to BeIN Sports or other providers.  This isn't like the first few rounds of the FA Cup which are completely blacked out save for the few chosen to be on UK TV.  Still, a good portion of us will be reduced to listening on radio, which is a problem since football on the radio is a dying art (nobody seems to just announce a match anymore, you know, to just describe what's happening; it's all "analysis" and narrative during a game).

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