By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

9th Jun, 2020 | 11:30am

'Unprecedented' – Exclusive: Pundit hails major EFL deal that delivers big boost to Leeds

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Paul Robinson has hailed the EFL and Sky Sports after a deal was agreed for a reduced rebate for the disruption to the 19/20 season.

That rebate is reported to be under £10m spread across the next three seasons to minimise financial disruption to clubs.

Sky were given an extra 10 live games for this season, with 30 games being shown from the Championship between now and the season end.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Sky are obviously taking a massive hit themselves but it’s a very good deal for Leeds and the other football clubs and very understanding on Sky’s behalf.

“It’s a reduced fee spread over three seasons. But listen, we’re in unprecedented times and the economy has taken a big hit, whether it be football clubs or other businesses, apart from supermarkets who have been able to function fully. 98% of businesses have taken a hit.

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“Sky have taken a hit but they’ve been very understanding and reasonable and I think it will be something that benefits everybody.

“It’s making the best of a bad situation that everyone’s in. Football clubs don’t want to lose the revenue they’ve had, Sky don’t want to lose the money they’ve lost, but there has to be an ongoing relationship between the two. It seems to be the best resolution.”

Fair play to Sky who have agreed with the EFL to drop the fee repayable from EFL clubs. It was thought that could be as high as £42m initially and that could have been very damaging for some clubs.

Giving Sky an extra 10 games only benefits the fans too – with the first two games of the restart being shown from Leeds, Fulham and West Brom.

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