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EFL and Sky Sports have signed a new “innovative” deal that will see Sky show 45 live games, with season ticket holders from championship clubs having unprecedented access to watch the remaining games online.
As part of this arrangement, the championship will resume live on June 20 on Sky, which will broadcast 30 of the 108 remaining regular season games, as well as exclusive play-off coverage.
Sky’s live choices will also be available for streaming on iFollow or an equivalent club service for subscription holders, although access is determined by the club where the supporter has a subscription or instead of one. reimbursement or as part of larger packages.
The 78 non-televised games will be broadcast exclusively on iFollow or a service equivalent to the club, although holders of season tickets, but holders of non-seasonal tickets in the UK and abroad can purchase matches live for the current £ 10 match pass.
Sky Sports will also broadcast “As-Goals” of these unscheduled games, while foreign broadcasters will also be able to broadcast Sky selections live via Pitch International.
The arrangement will have “limited financial impact on the existing agreement” with Sky at a time when clubs have lost valuable revenue from match attendance following the league’s postponement in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking of this arrangement, EFL President Rick Parry thanked Sky Sportsfor their patience and support while we resolved some of the complex issues surrounding our agreement, arising from the fact that live sport could not take place due to the current crisis. “
Impact on TV selection
Sky’s original selections for the postponed rounds are therefore now canceled, the selection process starting “from scratch” and the first selections will be announced at the beginning of next week.
The EFL also confirmed that the match schedule is almost finalized with matches spread over the following time slots;
Friday – 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Saturday – 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday – 12 p.m.
Middle of the week
Tuesday – 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Wednesday – 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The 2019-20 Championship season will therefore end mid-week from July 21 to 22 with the play-off final scheduled for Sunday August 2 or Monday August 3.
Quest will continue to provide its regular flagship shows on Saturday evenings and midweek, while TalkSPORT will continue to provide national radio commentary on various games.
Sky Sports general manager Rob Webster described the arrangement as an agreement that “helps clubs and their communities across the country.” with “a solution that works for them; and appreciate the positive collaborative spirit of the negotiations. ”
On the availability of streaming matches, Webster said; “The availability for existing season ticket holders to broadcast games from their club platform will complement Sky Sports by telling the full story of the peak of the season.”