EFL and Sky Sports strike new five-year TV rights deal worth £595m

THE EFL and Sky Sports have struck a five-year TV rights deal worth an astonishing £595million.

It means there will now be a 35 per cent increase in EFL matches shown on TV.

EFL and Sky Sports strike new five-year TV rights deal worth £595mAlamy3 The EFL and Sky Sports have struck a new TV deal

The new deal comes into effect from the 2019-2020 football season, running until May 2024.

Sky Sports will soon broadcast 138 Sky Bet EFL League matches, as well as the 15 Sky Bet EFL Play-Off matches including all three Finals.

Also hitting screens will be 15 matches from the Carabao Cup, including the final.

And even the Semi-Final and Final of the Checkatrade Trophy are set to be aired.

EFL and Sky Sports strike new five-year TV rights deal worth £595mGetty3 The move will see Sky Sports broadcast 138 league matches

From 2022, Sky will also have the option to increase the number of matches shown to 158.

EFL Interim Chair Debbie Jevans CBE said: “Concluding these negotiations has indeed been challenging, and the Board took on board the comments and frustrations voiced by a number of Clubs.”

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey added: “The deal we have entered into allows our Clubs the benefit of financial security.

“It’s a partnership that provides the EFL with the platform to maximise reach and exposure.”

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