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Championship clubs 'gravely concerned' over new five-year TV deal

A unnamed group of Championship clubs are "gravely concerned" by the new five-year broadcasting rights deal signed by the English Football League (EFL), according to a statement released on Tuesday. 

The EFL, which includes the second-tier Championship and lower two divisions, agreed the deal with Sky Sports on Monday and is worth £595 million, a 35 percent increase on the current arrangement. 

But several clubs have been left frustrated after their efforts to discuss the terms...

EFL signs new five-year TV deal with Sky Sports worth £595 million

The English Football League (EFL), which includes the second-tier Championship and two lower divisions, has signed a new five-year broadcasting rights deal with Sky Sports worth £595 million ($765m), the organisation said on Monday.

There were media reports that some Championship clubs were against the deal and Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani had talked of a possible breakaway 'Premier League 2', but after a board meeting on Monday the EFL decided to accept the package from Sky Sports,...

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis dies aged 94

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis has died at the age of 94, the English Championship club said on Thursday.

Ellis was chairman of Villa in two separate spells from 1968-75 and 1982-06.

A businessman who made his fortune in the travel industry, Ellis was nicknamed "Deadly Doug" due to his reputation for being quick to dismiss failing managers.

Ellis served on a number of Football Association and FIFA committees and sold Villa to American businessman Randy Lerner in 2006 but he kept his connection...

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani proposes 'Premier League 2' to boost revenues

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has proposed the creation of a new second tier in English football to boost revenues for teams outside the Premier League.

Radrizzani told a conference in London that the existing TV rights revenue sharing mechanism for the Championship, the current second tier in English football, did not provide enough money to sustain clubs aspiring to break into the top flight.

"It is really not sustainable to stay in the Championship... The small money they generate from...