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

17 September 2019

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

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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