English Football League rights: Sky pays more for so much more

12 May 2023

Sky will retain its English Football League (EFL) live coverage until 2029. While the price of the rights is up 50% (20% in real terms), the number of fixtures broadcast will increase fourfold to over 1,000 matches per season.

Sky's current EFL rights are very good value in terms of viewing—this will remain the case in the new rights cycle given the potential for broadcasting many more high profile matches.

With Sky retaining the EFL rights for relatively little more, there could be a similar outcome for the PL auction due later this year. Higher costs could be balanced by more matches, even if the 3pm blackout remains in place.

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