EFL considering AXING 3pm TV blackout with Facebook, Netflix, Google, Apple and Amazon keen on buying rights


THE EFL is considering AXING the 3pm TV blackout in order to broadcast every game.And it’s already setting up a bidding war, with parties like Netflix and Amazon keen on buying the rights to matches.

The EFL’s current TV rights deal expires at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Just like the Premier League, there is a blanket ban on broadcasting all 3pm matches on Saturdays.

But chiefs are now ready to lift AXING the veil and make every single game in the Championship, League One and League Two available for live TV.

It is believed that it was then where Swansea’s players claimed Louza spat at Manning.

And the FA have now released a statement following the incident.

It read: “Watford FC’s Imran Louza has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E1.1 following their EFL Championship game against Swansea City FC on Wednesday 5 October 2022.

“It is alleged that the midfielder spat at an opposing player towards the end of this fixture, and he has until Thursday 13 October 2022 to provide a response.”

The EFL currently pockets £119million each year through its contract with Sky.

But chiefs reckon that figure could soar to an annual figure of £200m by allowing other parties to join in the action.

The Mail claims invitations will soon be sent to Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google regarding future rights.

The mega-names will be asked to send proposals as the EFL explores its options.

But there will be no fixed contract as the plan is to televise every single match from the 2024/25 campaign.

The EFL’s decision is set to be welcomed by most sides, with just two Championship games currently shown each weekend.

But the move would first have to be approved by the FA.

And they in turn will then have to go to Uefa before the idea gets the green light.

Should the EFL succeed, it could open the door for some in the Premier League to push for a similar broadcasting deal.

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