This is Preston North End's stance on EFL TV debate after controversial Sky Sports deal

Preston North End are one of the clubs at the heart of the Championship's opposition to the EFL's new television deal.

Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 12:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 1:54 pm
The EFL and Sky agreed a new TV deal on Monday but it has been met with plenty of opposition

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As many as 19 of the 24 clubs are unhappy with the £595m five-year contract which was signed on Monday.

And it is understood that PNE are part of a seven-club working party looking at what can be done next.

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The EFL and Sky agreed a new TV deal on Monday but it has been met with plenty of opposition

While those clubs have been described as a ‘gang of seven’ leading the ‘rebellion’ by the media, it is a more a case of them gathering ideas at this stage of the opposition.

The new deal with Sky was rubber-stamped by the EFL board despite the opposition from the majority of clubs in the Championship.

They wanted the board to delay signing until further talks had taken place.

Championship clubs feel the contract undervalues the division, with it dwarfed by the Premier League’s TV deals with Sky and BT Sport.

The new Sky TV deal would run for five years and is worth 595 million

While the Premier League are always going to attract a much better agreement, the financial gap between the top two divisions is huge.

Being tied into a five-year deal is an issue for some.

Another complaint from the Championship clubs is that they feel the deal signed on Monday is different to the short-form agreement they were sent last year.

They see it as a lack of a transparency.

The new deal will see clubs in the Championship receive around £3m a year.

On top of that, there will be payments for each time they are shown live.

Clubs in League One and League Two seem content with the new deal, although not exclusively – Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt says Championship clubs have ‘valid concerns’.What action is available to the clubs, could be limited.

Talk of a breakaway seems extreme and time is a factor.

“Championship clubs are gravely concerned that the EFL Board has announced it has approved a new long-term domestic broadcasting rights deal,” said a statement issued by several of the clubs.

“Nineteen clubs from the league wrote to the EFL asking them not to sign the proposed deal and to engage in meaningful discussions. This was ignored.

“The clubs discovered that in the space of 15 months, without our knowledge, material changes had been made to this draft agreement.

“When the EFL Board presented the new version of the deal – it gave more games and rights for less money and damaged the ability of clubs to control the decision to stream games and its pricing.

“Our issues are not with Sky, who we respect and value, but with the way in which the proposed agreement has been negotiated and explained to clubs.

“There is a calm determination within Championship clubs to ensure the matter is not left here.”