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English clubs to stream games under new deal

AFP  |  London 

English Football League clubs will be able to stream games on their own websites under a new five-year deal signed with broadcaster Sky Sports, league chiefs announced today.

The EFL -- which covers the three tiers below the League -- said it would receive ?600million from the broadcaster as part of the new terms, which will see the Championship, Leagues One and Two, the Carabao (League) Cup and Checkatrade Trophy continue to be shown live.


One of the standout of the new deal, which starts from 2019, is that clubs will be able to stream games outside the blocked hours of 2:45 pm to 5:15 pm on Saturdays.

Clubs have started live streaming all games, irrespective of kick-off time, to fans overseas but that service is not currently available in

The new deal will also give Sky the rights to broadcast Championship games that fall outside of the Saturday afternoon timeslot on its interactive and platforms.

"Sky Sports has for many years been a hugely important and valued partner of the EFL and we are delighted to extend our relationship by a further five years," EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said.

"The new opportunity for EFL clubs to live-stream their matches through a direct-to-consumer service in the UK is a revolutionary and exciting step forward for football broadcasting rights in the UK," he added.

The new deal represents a 36 per cent year-on-year increase to the current ?88m agreement.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 21:13 IST
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