The Football League Paper says...
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…