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Sky Sports: EFL agrees new five-year television deal worth £595m with broadcaster
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Sky Sports: EFL agrees new five-year television deal worth £595m with broadcaster

The English Football League has agreed a new five-year television rights deal with Sky Sports worth £595m.

The deal, which runs from the start of next season until May 2024, is a 35% increase on the previous contract.

The broadcaster will show 138 league games a season from all three divisions as well as every play-off match, plus Carabao Cup games and latter stages of the Checkatrade Trophy.

A number of Championship clubs had pushed for a different deal.

They felt that what Sky were offering undervalued the rights for the league and left Championship sides at a disadvantage.

EFL interim chair Debbie Jevans said in a statement that she will review how the EFL 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.

More to follow.

Source BBC News

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