MOT View: Sky Sports can't be allowed to heap more financial misery on Leeds
EFL chairman Rick Parry has said that every single remaining game in the Championship will be broadcast live on TV or online.
That could happen through Sky Sports and the EFL’s official iFollow platform, with clubs able to charge £10 a game and mitigate the loss of crowd revenues.
The way this is set up at the moment, clubs get to keep the revenue of the ‘tickets’ they sell, regardless of whether the game is played home or away.
That could really work in favour of Leeds, who have a massive fan base.
Conversely, it would be terrible for other clubs, who would normally rely on the support of teams like Leeds to boost their ticket sales.
If Leeds got to stream the bulk of their nine remaining games, that could represent a significant financial boost, with Andrea Radrizzani saying the club is set to lose £2.5m in revenues from the five remaining home games of the season.
However, this could potentially be scuppered by Sky Sports.
They will surely be looking to show an extended schedule of games if the season plays out behind closed doors and any games they do show will have a detrimental effect on streams purchased.
With Leeds on top of the Championship, they’re likely to feature way more than other clubs – they do throughout a normal season.
However, Leeds don’t get the financial rewards from this. They only got £1.5m for the 18/19 season, at a rate of £100,000 per home game.
If every game was shown on Sky, that could see Leeds United get £500,000 plus change for any away games.
If games weren’t on Sky, we could see a lot of Leeds fans paying to watch the stream.
Yes, fans want to see games and the production values on Sky are high. However, at the same time, Leeds need to be able maximise their potential revenue in a very uncertain time.
If Sky want to show more games they should pay more, although this could be a tricky argument if they’re all behind closed doors.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has urged Premier League bosses to stream its games for free – that won’t help clubs get any money back.
If Sky won’t pay more then it might be better that their games are split equally between all the clubs in the Championship.
They might not like that idea either, though.
If not, then the missing money should come from somewhere higher up in the game. Clubs can’t afford to take the hit themselves.
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