Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow has said that the gap between the Premier League and the Championship for TV rights is a “monstrous precipice” – and he highlighted Leeds United as the prime example of how unfair the current EFL setup is.
Talking at the Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust AGM on Tuesday, Purslow compared TV rights money for Norwich and Leeds.
As quoted by talkSPORT and AGM host Jonny Gould, Purslow said, “Norwich get £100m, Leeds get £3m – and Leeds appear more times and get more viewers. Who thinks that’s fair?”
#avfc CEO Christian Purslow describes the gap between the Premier League and EFL TV rights as a “monstrous precipice”.
Only Delia Smith! Mr Purslow backs a #PL2
— Jonny Gould (@jonnygould) February 18, 2020
Leeds and the EFL
Andrea Radrizzani – who has his own TV rights business – has talked about this a lot and it’s a subject that is a constant source of annoyance for Leeds fans.
Leeds are on Sky more than any other team in the Championship and, as Purslow has pointed out, more than many Premier League teams.
The last TV deal done by the EFL back in 2018 was argued against by many Championship clubs who don’t think they’re getting what they deserve and think the current deal is bad.
The BBC said that the clubs were “incredulous” that they weren’t listened to by the EFL.
There’s a long-running joke among Leeds fans that the EFL doesn’t want the club to get promoted as it’s their cash cow.
That might be only semi-serious but when you look at the figures quoted by Purslow it makes you realise how skewed things really are.
Leeds are on the brink of unlocking the riches of the Premier League but have had to suffer for many years in the Championship.
Another season in the second tier could do a lot of damage to a club that punches way above its weight in the football world, without getting rewarded for it.
We should all applaud Purslow for his comments and for highlighting what is an obvious injustice.
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