Why Dundee and Aberdeen are trialling Saturday evening kick-off

Dens Park
Dundee will host Aberdeen on Saturday with a 18:00 BST kick-off

The Scottish Premiership resumes this Saturday after the international break. All six matches kick-off at 15:00 BST, with one notable exception.

The clash between Dundee and Aberdeen has been shunted back three hours at the request of both clubs.

An odd kick-off time for a Scottish game? Certainly. The start of a new trend? Well, perhaps.

With fans often agitating for more convenient slots, here's why the two have opted to try something new.

In short, Dundee and Aberdeen hope kicking off later will boost the international coverage of the Dens Park game.

Both clubs have strong links to the United States - Dundee are owned by two Americans, while Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack is based in the US.

Through Cormack, the Pittodrie club have established a relationship with Atlanta United, whose season ticket holders are automatically granted access to the club's in-house television channel, RedTV.

Cormack has spoken before about making Aberdeen "America's Scottish football team".

Six years ago, Dundee proposed the idea of moving a home league match against Celtic to the United States, the first time a Scottish league game would have been held overseas.

Although the move didn't get the go-ahead at the time, as recently as 2017 Dundee said they were still looking at the possibility of playing a game in the United States.

Aberdeen, who have been keen to try out Saturday night games for some time, made a similar request to Hibernian two seasons ago, which was rejected by the Easter Road club.

The club explained on Twitter they wish to "trial different approaches in pursuit of attracting greater attendances and exposure".

They also added that the later kick-off time would "allow for international broadcast".

Aberdeen and Dundee are two of five Premiership clubs who have commissioned independent advisers to conduct a review of the SPFL and identify "significant additional revenues for the benefit of all".

Along with Dundee United, Hearts and Hibernian, they have engaged Deloitte to undertake the evaluation, which has been endorsed by the SPFL. Four of the five club owners have been at one time based in the United States.

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