EXCLUSIVE: EFL threaten to end 3pm Saturday TV blackout and screen every match live in all three divisions… and radical proposal could pave the way for matches to be streamed by Amazon or Netflix from 2024-25 season
- 72 clubs discussed the radical proposals at a meeting in Walsall last month
- EFL are seeking improvement on current £119m-a-year TV deal with Sky Sports
- The EFL are also hopeful of securing additional funding from the Premier League
The EFL are considering abandoning the 3pm Saturday TV blackout and making every match available for broadcast from the 2024/25 season in a dramatic change of approach that could also involve seeking private investment in the bottom three divisions.
It is understood that the 72 clubs discussed the radical proposals at a meeting in Walsall last month, with all options left on the table as the EFL seek an improvement on the current £119million-a-year TV deal with Sky Sports that expires in 2024.
The EFL are also hopeful of securing additional funding from the Premier League to support cash-strapped clubs after the government endorsed the creation of a new independent regulator on Thursday, but given there has not been much progress since negotiations began at the start of the pandemic they are also considering alternative ways of raising revenue.
The EFL are seeking an improvement on the current £119m-a-year TV deal with Sky Sports
- A radical change to the EFL TV offering by making every match available, either through selling direct to fans or through a deal with a streaming service such as Amazon or Netflix
- Abandoning the EFL’s commitment to Article 48 of the UEFA regulations, a voluntary agreement which prevents matches being televised between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on Saturdays in the UK
The EFL are considering abandoning the 3pm Saturday TV blackout
- A hybrid model involving a traditional TV deal accompanied by additional streaming
- Selling a stake in the EFL to private equity in a deal similar to that which as seen CVC Capital Partners buy shares in Premiership Rugby and the Six Nations
The Premier League would oppose any moves by the EFL to abandon Article 48 and make more matches available for broadcast, as it could increase pressure on them to do the same.
The EFL want to conclude the TV negotiations by the summer of 2023, which is also the deadline to be set by the regulator for increased funding from the top flight.