Sky to show 30 live Championship games with all matches available online
06 Jun 2020 08:49 am, by YorkshireSquare
With the Championship season due to restart on 20th June the Football League has announced further details regarding the schedule and broadcast arrangements. The season will resume on matchday 38 with one weekend round of games followed with weekend and midweek rounds every week until the conclusion of the season. Games are to be played Friday (6pm, 8pm), Saturday (12.30pm 3pm, 5.30pm), Sunday (12pm), Tuesday (5pm, 6pm, 8pm) and Wednesday (5pm, 6pm, 8pm). Unlike the Premier League, none of the remaining 108 games will be shown on free-to-air television, but every game will be broadcast either on Sky Sports or online.
Sky Sports will show 30 Sky Bet Championship games as well as exclusive broadcasting of all play-off games, when the season restarts. Season ticket holders will be able to watch any live game involving their club via an online platform. They will also be given access to their teams non-broadcast games, while non-season ticket holders will be able to purchase non-broadcast games for £10. Access to online games will be determined by the club with which the supporter holds the season ticket. For the majority of clubs this will be via the EFLs iFollow service but Leeds are likely to make arrange arrangements via LUTV. It may be in lieu of a refund or part of a wider package as determined by each individual club.
EFL Chair Rick Parry said: “There is no question that COVID-19 has detrimentally affected all industries and, whilst we have only ever wanted to return when it is safe to do, we have always understood that when we did, we had to balance the requirements of our broadcast partners with the unique and challenging financial circumstances that our Clubs face. We are delighted to have reached such an agreeable and sensible arrangement that ensures the financial impact to Clubs is minimised, Sky Sports are able to get their football business back up with one of the most eagerly anticipated Championship run-ins in years and, importantly, fans get access to games during a period where guidelines prevent them from attending in person.”
Sky Sports Managing Director Rob Webster said: "The partnership between Sky Sports and the EFL supports clubs and their communities across the country. We are pleased to have reached a solution which works for them; and appreciate the positive and collaborative spirit of the negotiations. The availability for existing Season Ticket holders to stream matches from their Club platform will compliment Sky Sports in telling the complete story of the climax to season.”
Quest will also provide extended highlights on both Saturday evenings and midweek, whilst talkSPORT will provide exclusive national radio commentary on some Championship matches.