Background: "Then the Board said the commercial committee had approved the deal, although it didn't negotiate it."

17 September 2019

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Photo: Getty Images The club chairmen and chief executives believe that a starting point to delivering a better outcome is ensuring the next EFL management team has the skills to deliver a better deal. Pictured is Debbie Jevans, EFL's executive chairman, who is not in the frame to be the new CEO.

The frustrations amongst clubs go a long way back.

Clubs not happy with the broadcasting deal tried to stop it going through last year - but surprisingly found new members installed on the commercial committee seconded to vote for the deal.

Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

The simmering anger over media rights can be traced back to the 2013 deal the English Football League (EFL) agreed with broadcaster Sky valued at £89 million a year.

Many Championship clubs felt the package - showing only 130 of 1,692 games across the Championship, League One and Two - sold short the media value of the Football League clubs, their second biggest revenue generator after ticketing.

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