The English Football League (EFL) confirmed this week that a £595m TV broadcasting deal with Sky Sports had been agreed. The figure represents a 35% year-on-year increase on the current agreement, which covers the second, third and fourth tiers of English league football.

The five-year extension will run until the season-ending promotion play-offs in May 2024. The deal will also include exclusive live coverage of the Championship, League One, League Two, the Carabao Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy.

The announcement comes after a number of Championship clubs had vented their frustrations about the EFL’s proposed deal with Sky Sports. With as many as 15 clubs threatening to form a breakaway league in protest, dubbed Premier League 2.

The EFL’s rights deal is still worth considerably less than the Premier League, which signed a three-year contract worth a huge £5.1 billion with Sky Sports and BT Sport in 2015.

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