EFL agree controversial TV rights deal
Posted: 20 November 2018 Time: 11:33 am
The English Football League has announced the agreement on a new controversial five-year TV rights deal with Sky Sports worth R10.7 billion.
The new deal, which will run from the start of next season until May 2024, represents a 35 per cent increase on the current arrangement.
Sky Sports, in each season from 2019/20, will broadcast: 138 Championship matches; the 15 Sky Bet EFL Play-Off matches. including all three finals; 15 matches from the Carabao Cup, including the final; the semi-final and final of the Checkatrade Trophy.
By comparison, the Premier League's three-year television deal with Sky and BT Sport is worth £4.55b (R82b).
Several of the Championship's larger clubs feel it undervalues how much the rights are worth and will meet on Tuesday to discuss their next move.
One senior club executive told BBC Sport: "The EFL has just started a war."
According to The Independent, Derby County, Leeds United and Aston Villa are among the clubs opposed to the new contract.
Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani, who also owns broadcaster ElevenSports, previously criticised the current deal, while suggesting a Premier League 2 should be created in order to bridge the sevre financial disparity between the top-flight and the rest of the Football League pyramid.
EFL interim chair Debbie Jevans said in a statement that she will review how the league discusses future deals with clubs as a result of the concerns:
"Concluding these negotiations has indeed been challenging, as is the case when managing a diverse group of stakeholders, and the board took on board the comments and frustrations voiced by a number of clubs and has committed to reviewing the way the League engages with its clubs to ensure that we move forward in a collaborative way in the future," she said.