Mind the gap Top flight to look into shar­ing TV riches

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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.”

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