Are Sheffield United among the 15 Championship clubs interested in being part of a breakaway league?
The Sun reports that the sides from England’s second tier want to cut ties with the EFL due to issues with a new TV deal.
The new contract, running from next season, is worth £119m a year. It has been backed by all of the League One and Two clubs.
However, the biggest teams in the Championship believe they should be getting more. It’s reported Aston Villa, Derby County and Leeds United are among them.
So are the Blades also involved?
Sheffield United breaking away
The new Sky deal will see each Championship club earn £2.95m each from TV rights. A further pot of £17.7m will then be split based on the number of times a team is televised.
Yet some sides reportedly believed that they should be earning double that. Their earnings from TV coverage is certainly a lot less than those in the Premier League.
This is despite the fact that Leeds Live report 55 percent of the Whites’ games from now until the end of the season will be on live TV. Only Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have a higher percentage.
Following Liverpool, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers the next highest is Sheffield United, with 50 percent of their matches being televised.
In the Championship, the Times outlines that West Bromwich Albion top the table of most games shown on TV. Including those gone and those scheduled up to April 10, it totals 11 matches.
Leeds and Villa are next with ten apiece and then it’s the Blades with nine. They clearly are a big draw, so surely they are among the 15 threatening to break away?
How would it work?
The reality of a Premier League 2 style division is unclear. Presumably they would leave the EFL, but agreements would then need to be made with the FA and the Premier League.
Would relegated teams from this new league go into League One and vice versa? And would fans even want this new format? The clubs now have until 4pm on November 19 to reconsider their position.