By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

15th Apr, 2020 | 10:35am

'Radrizzani has gone on record' – Exclusive: Pundit reacts to £97m Leeds claim on Sky Sports

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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds are a sleeping giant after Gary Neville slammed the huge £97m disparity in TV money between them and Norwich.

Neville used Leeds to highlight the unacceptable gulf between monies received for TV rights in the Championship and the Premier League – an incredible £97m between the top of the EFL and the bottom of the Premier League.

Talking on Sky Sports, he said, “We have the most amazing Premier League, but if you’ve got the bottom club in the Premier League gaining £100 million of broadcast money and the top club in the EFL, Leeds United… who get £3 million, you must see the disconnect and the disproportionate financial reward that is basically put through football.”

Neville said it needs resetting adding, “It’s needed resetting for maybe 10 or 15 years”.

After hearing about Neville’s comments, Robinson – talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News – said Leeds “should be rewarded financially” for the number of times they’re on TV.

“The Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has gone on the record before about his disappointment at how often Leeds are on TV and the lack of financial gain Championship clubs get compared to the Premier League,” Robinson said.

“The words sleeping giant fit Leeds perfectly, it’s exactly what they are.

“You can see the number of times they have to play on Saturday mornings, Friday nights, Sunday afternoons, Sunday mornings… whenever, all for the call of TV.

“Leeds should be rewarded financially for that. But it shows you the Premier League is the holy grail not just for TV rights but for sponsorship.

“It shows the gulf in TV rights. For Leeds, it’s a fine balance of financially structuring a plan to get to the Premier League and sustaining it long enough to get there. Otherwise, you’re back to the bare bones and restructuring.”

The TV rights deal the EFL struck was contested at the time by clubs like Leeds and Neville’s £97m claim show how unfair the situation is at the present time.

However, Leeds are on the brink of realising the riches of the Premier League. With nine games to go in the season, they’re top of the Championship and seven points clear of Fulham in third.

It’s huge for the club and not just for the money that goes along with it.

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