EFL and Sky Sports agree new five-year TV deal worth £595m

Lawrence Kim
November 20, 2018

"By confirming this deal with the EFL Sky Sports gets even stronger, alongside 128 Premier League games, the home of F1 and English cricket - the rights that matter most to our customers are secure into the next decade".

But the deal was eventually agreed before the 4pm deadline following a lengthy board meeting, with the EFL understood to recognise the need to build bridges with rebellious clubs.

There has also been the veiled threat of a breakaway league being formed.

There were media reports that some Championship clubs were against the deal and Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani had talked of a possible breakaway 'Premier League 2', but after a board meeting on Monday the EFL made a decision to accept the package from Sky Sports, the league's current broadcast partner.

It has been said that a legal challenge about how the EFL acted with regards to the contract is possible, with some clubs thinking they acted unconstitutionally.

The unhappy clubs' case rests on their contention that the EFL lacks the authority to sign such a contract against the wishes of the majority of its leading members, while they also claim that the EFL board withheld information about the deal until the last...

The governing body was under pressure to drop its five-year agreement with Sky - a contract which is set to start next season - having received multiple complaints about the terms of it.

"At the outset of the meeting, the board noted its responsibility to ensure a sustainable and profitable league that gives all clubs an environment to prosper and succeed", the statement read. EFL clubs can still offer their own "direct to consumer offerings" to fans via their own channels.

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.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey added: "The deal we have entered into allows our Clubs the benefit of financial security".

Debbie Jevans, Interim Chair of the EFL, acknowledged that finalising the deal had been "challenging" and committed to reviewing the way the League engages with clubs in future.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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