According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, the Championship is banding together to argue for a better TV deal from Sky. Leeds United, along with Derby County, Aston Villa and Brentford to name a few are arguing that Championship clubs should be given larger payments to be shown live on Sky and aren’t happy with the current offer that the broadcasters have tabled them.
The EFL's new broadcast deal with Sky coming under pressure with Leeds United and numerous other Championship clubs unhappy with the terms of it:https://t.co/m6XArjyn6g
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 12, 2018
Leeds have been shown live on Sky more time than any other EFL club so it’s no surprise to see them stepping up and arguing against the deal that they’ve been offered. The relevant parties met last Tuesday to discuss the terms of the agreement, where Sky are offering £119 million, up from £90 million, to Championship clubs in exchange for showing an increased figure of 183 live games.
The new deal hasn’t impressed a lot of Championship clubs and the fact that Leeds’ owner Andrea Radrizzani made his fortunes through broadcasting and his company, eleven sports, could rival Sky for a contract if he decides to try and try and do with the Championship what he’s done with La Liga. However, for now, that looks extremely unlikely and The Whites will have to come to an agreement with Sky.
You can read the Leeds fans’ comments on Sky here:
About time it’s being challenged and the fact Radz knows how the industry can only mean good thing for other clubs in the league. But if clubs are saying it’s affecting attendances shouldn’t clubs start looking at ticket prices now too?
— Barney (@BarneyStuart21) 12 November 2018
It's the fact they re-arrange fixtures to suit themselves and not the fans that's the worst
— ZL (@SupremeJansson) November 12, 2018
Good. I'm glad other clubs have joined us in standing up to sky and their peanut fees.
— Chris Shaw (@mr_shaw78) November 12, 2018
Sky TV is fifteen short.
— Dr.T (@DoctorT1992) 12 November 2018
Clubs sign a contract before season starts in return receive around £7m maybe Leeds should not sign and negotiate their own price if sky come knocking
— Ian Harker lufc (@HarkerIa) November 12, 2018
About time,why should leeds villa and derby get the same as rest of championship when we create more revenue
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket (@delwright21) November 12, 2018
Sky has completely killed the game with all the greed. Get back to Saturday afternoon kickoffs and stuff your tv money. A successful team will lose more money because Sky want them on. Certainly not a level playing field, pardon the pun.
— Steve Owen (@LMS55ENORMANTON) November 12, 2018
The Whites will be determined to get a better deal from Sky and will hope the Championship can come together to fight for a better deal.
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