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THE government should demand greater help for the football pyramid as a condition of approving the Premier League’s new domestic broadcasting deal, the chair of a key parliamentary committee has said.
The English top flight is reported to be poised to roll over its existing agreements with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video for a further two or three years.
It is thought that such a deal would require government approval because it would not be an open auction, and Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, says that leverage should be used to force the league to share even more of the cash with the EFL and the rest of the pyramid than it does currently.
He said in a statement today: “As the farce of the European Super League has shown, the power and financial imbalances in English football have never been greater.
“A key part of the government review into football has got to be how we correct those imbalances and part of that has to be how money flows down the pyramid.
“The government could show an early sign of its will by making the price of approval (of the new deal) greater help for struggling lower-league clubs.”
The Premier League currently makes payments of around £500 million annually to the EFL and the rest of the football pyramid, including parachute payments, and a renewal of the deal on the same terms would enable it to maintain those commitments.
The current deal, which it is reported will be rolled over, is worth an estimated £1.5 billion a year.
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