Sky Sports secures EFL Football rights until 2024

Sky Sports have agreed an exclusive £595m contract to continue broadcasting EFL football until 2024.

As part of the deal will see Sky broadcast 118 Championship matches, which is a significant increase on the current 92 live matches.

Leagues One and Two meanwhile will have a maximum of 20 matches shown between them, whilst all the Play-Off drama will also be aired exclusively by Sky. 

There is however a clause which enables Sky to increase the overall TV selection to 158 matches from 2022-23, although they have until July 2021 to confirm whether they will exercise this option. 

Sky have also retained exclusive live rights to the Carabao Cup with usual two live matches per round plus Final. 

They will also air the Semi-Finals and Final of the Checkatrade Trophy, featuring League One and Two clubs alongside invited academy sides of Premier League and Championship teams.


Opposition from Various Clubs

This deal has come despite opposition from various clubs including Leeds United, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion due to fears over how much they will earn from this new deal, creating possibility of a potential breakaway and formation of a Premier League 2. 

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey however believes that the new contract ‘allows our Clubs the benefit of financial security” in a move which is likely to be met with frostiness from certain clubs despite the eventual price being way above the estimated £119m in recent weeks. 

All clubs will also be able to live stream matches to their iFollow or own service as long as they are not TV selected matches or take place on Saturday afternoons during the blackout hours (2:45-5:15pm). 

This move is hoped to make the EFL future rights cycles more open to alternative approaches, instead of the current model.

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