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The EFL threatens to end the Saturday television blackout at 3:00 pm and screen all games live in all three divisions

EXCLUSIVE: EFL threatens to end the Saturday TV blackout at 3:00 pm and screen all games live in all three divisions … and a radical proposal could pave the way for Amazon or Netflix to broadcast the games of the 2024-25 season.

  • 72 clubs debated the radical proposals at a meeting in Walsall last month
  • EFL seeks improvements to current £ 119m a year TV deal with Sky Sports
  • The EFL is also hoping for additional funding from the Premier League.


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The EFL is considering abandoning the Saturday TV blackout at 3:00 pm and making all games available for broadcast from the 2024/25 season in a dramatic shift in focus that could also involve seeking private investment in the three lower divisions.

All 72 clubs are understood to have discussed the radical proposals at a meeting in Walsall last month, with all options on the table as the EFL seeks an upgrade to the current £ 119 million a year television deal with Sky Sports that expires in 2024. .

The EFL is also hopeful of obtaining additional funding from the Premier League to support cash-strapped clubs after the government approved the creation of a new independent regulator on Thursday, but given that there hasn’t been much progress since they started. negotiations at the beginning of the pandemic. they are also considering alternative ways of earning income.

The EFL is seeking an upgrade to the current £ 119 million a year television deal with Sky Sports.

The EFL is seeking an upgrade to the current £ 119 million a year television deal with Sky Sports.

These include:

  • A sea change to EFL TV’s offering by making all matches available, either through direct sale to fans or through a deal with a streaming service like Amazon or Netflix.
  • Abandon the EFL’s commitment to article 48 of the UEFA regulations, a voluntary agreement that prevents matches from being televised between 2:45 pm and 5:15 pm on Saturdays in the UK.
The EFL is considering abandoning the Saturday TV blackout at 3pm

The EFL is considering abandoning the Saturday TV blackout at 3pm

The EFL is considering abandoning the Saturday TV blackout at 3pm

  • A hybrid model that involves a traditional television agreement accompanied by additional transmission
  • Sell ​​a stake in EFL to private equity in a deal similar to the one in which CVC Capital Partners buys shares in Premiership Rugby and Six Nations.

The Premier League would oppose any move by the EFL to drop Article 48 and make more matches available for broadcast as it could increase pressure on them to do the same.

The EFL wants to conclude television negotiations by summer 2023, which is also the deadline the regulator will set to increase funding for the top flight.

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