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I got involved in a Twitter discussion the other day with a good friend of mine and Gabriel Marcotti, about whether the Champions League being televised had a knock-on onto league attendances on the same nights.

So I had a look at two clubs who had been pretty consistent in their league position, and analysed all their weeknight attendances (televised or otherwise) for the 2000/01-2012/13 seasons – Brentford and Oldham. Here’s the graph, divided into nights when there was Champions League games and nights there wasn’t.

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Interesting the divide there, no? Certainly warrants more investigation (it will get more – I’m planning to look at all teams who have been only in Tier 3 and 4 for that period). Here’s another quick graph showing which CL teams were playing – why were they all watching Chelsea instead of Oldham? (Small sample size comparatively to the other teams, is why)

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