EFL GLEE AT £600m TV DEAL WIND­FALL

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

THE EFL have ne­go­ti­ated a £600m deal with Sky Sports for live do­mes­tic broad­cast­ing rights from 2019 to 2024.

It rep­re­sents a 36 per cent year-on-year in­crease on the cur­rent ar­range­ment and means Sky will con­tinue to ex­clu­sively broad­cast the Sky Bet EFL – a max­i­mum of 150 games per sea­son – Carabao Cup, Check­a­trade Tro­phy and the Sky Bet play-offs.

In ad­di­tion, and in what is an­other first for English foot­ball, the EFL will be of­fer­ing its clubs the op­por­tu­nity to live-stream in the UK and Ire­land any league match via their re­spec­tive iFol­low (or equiv­a­lent) ser­vice that takes place out­side the blocked hours of 14.45-17.15 on Satur­day af­ter­noons and that is not broad­cast live on Sky.

Sky will have the right to stream the same Cham­pi­onship fix­tures to sub­scribers across their in­ter­ac­tive and dig­i­tal ser­vices.

EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey said: “In agree­ing a deal over five sea­sons, it de­liv­ers a guar­an­teed in­crease in the level of in­come dis­trib­uted to EFL clubs from 2019/20 and long-term fi­nan­cial cer­tainty was an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity through­out this process.”

PLEASED: Shaun Har­vey

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