Mind the gap Top flight to look into sharing TV riches
The financial “cliff edge” between the Premier League and Championship will be addressed, according to Aston Villa’s chief executive, in the clearest signal yet that England’s top tier is ready to share access to its television riches.
After Villa’s escape from a relegation that could have cost £200 million, Christian Purslow accepted that “vastly different financial outcomes, hinging on a one-off game” was “something we need to look at”.
The Premier League could be
“very helpful” in helping improve the broadcast deals made available to lower tiers.
“Nobody would have designed a system where a team bottom of the Premier League would earn in the hundreds of millions for television money and the team at the top of the league below would earn less than five [million],” he said.
“I think that cliff edge, that has made life very difficult between the divisions, will be addressed in the coming weeks and months.”