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EFL to review TV negotiation process

Report commissioned following EFL's controversial Sky deal

The English Football League (EFL) will consider overhauling its process for negotiating TV deals, according to The Times.

A report by London law firm Harbottle & Lewis, commissioned by the EFL, raised questions over the league’s signing of a £595 million rights contract with Sky in November 2018.

The Times claimed that a letter sent to club chairmen by EFL executive chairman Debbie Jevans casts doubt on whether four members of the commercial committee that voted for the deal were actually eligible to vote.

The report states: “There is clearly a great deal of confusion as to the composition of the commercial committee and which members have the right to vote.”

The league body will now review how decisions on TV deals are taken, the make-up of the commercial committee and the impact of Sky showing live Championship matches on its red button service – especially the effect on the clubs’ own streaming services.