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Please don’t throw toys out of pram

TALK of break­aways seems to be all the rage at the mo­ment. First, there were sug­ges­tions that a Euro­pean Su­per League could be just around the cor­ner.

Then came the news that 15 Cham­pi­onship club were ‘threat­en­ing a break­away from the Foot­ball League’ over a planned new tele­vi­sion deal with Sky Sports.

The rebels be­lieve they should be re­ceiv­ing more in TV rev­enue de­spite the new £119mil­lion-a-year, five-year ar­range­ment – due to come into ef­fect next sea­son – rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease on the cur­rent deal.

All Cham­pi­onship clubs cur­rently re­ceive £2.3m each from Sky per sea­son and a share of fa­cil­ity fees to­talling £10.8m de­pend­ing on how many of their matches are tele­vised live.

Un­der the new deal, Cham­pi­onship clubs would get £2.95m plus a share of a boosted £17.7m fa­cil­ity fees fund.

It’s true that it’s just a frac­tion of the money Pre­mier League clubs pocket from the multi-bil­lion pound tele­vi­sion deals in place in the top-flight, but the EFL will un­doubt­edly have worked as hard as they can to ne­go­ti­ate the best deal pos­si­ble.

As Chris Dunlavy points out on the page op­po­site, a prod­uct is only as valu­able as the amount some­body is pre­pared to pay for it.

As much as we love the Cham­pi­onship, we recog­nise that it is English foot­ball’s sec­ond tier and the big bucks, un­for­tu­nately, are with the top flight.

It would be a cry­ing shame if a bunch of clubs de­cided to up sticks and leave the EFL. If it did come to the worst, where would they go? Would the Pre­mier League take them? Could they get a bet­ter tele­vi­sion deal?

We’ve got a great foot­ball pyra­mid in English foot­ball and an en­thralling sec­ond tier com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son. Let’s not throw the toys out of the pram.

If those 15 clubs want to hit the jack­pot, they know what they’ve got to do. There are three places on of­fer to the Pre­mier League ev­ery sea­son.

Good luck, Harry

AS Harry Red­knapp pre­pares to en­ter the jun­gle in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, we hope he knows what he’s get­ting him­self into.

Then again, he’ll have dealt with plenty of slip­pery and slimy cus­tomers in his foot­ball ca­reer…

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