The Football League has confirmed this evening that they have agreed a new deal with Sky Sports which is said to be worth in the region of £595m.
The deal begins next season and will run until May 2024 and Sky will broadcast one hundred and thirty-eight league games, every play-off game and the Carabao Cup Final per season as well as showing a number of ties from the earlier rounds of the Carabao Cup and the semi-finals and final of the Checkatrade Trophy.
It also seems that the controversial ‘red button’ will stay. Last week it was said that up to fifteen Championship clubs would form a ‘break away’ league if their ‘demands’ weren’t met.
Simon Stone of BBC Sport said, after the announcement, that he understands that twenty-one of the twenty-four teams in the Championship wanted the English Football League to ask Sky for more time to allow some of the issues that had been raised last week to be sorted.
So will the Championship clubs do what they threatened? Can they afford to?
Are you fed up with the TV companies ‘holding clubs’ to ransom and demanding when they play?
Seems this decision to sign this deal has been done rather quickly and without giving the clubs and us fans (and we should count, shouldn’t we?) time to argue against it.
What are your thoughts.