EFL announce TV rights are to be put up for sale
The EFL have announced that the option to extend the current domestic broadcasting rights deal with Sky Sports will not be exercised. As a result of this they will tender process will commence later this month to put the rights up for sale.
The EFL’s current deal with Sky Sports has two seasons left to run with an option for an extra year for the 2019/20 season but the EFL have decided against taking up the option.
The decision by the EFL Board was taken after a thorough and rigorous evaluation by broadcast advisors Oliver & Ohlbaum and with media rights expert Phil Lines which concluded they could get more value with a new deal.
It is now likely that BT Sport will look to compete with Sky Sports for the rights for the Sky Bet Football League, Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. If there were to win the rights it would be a huge blow for Sky Sports as it would only leave them with shared rights for the Premier League for football in England.
The process will start no later than the week commencing 19th June 2017.