EFL gets exposure in Singapore and Indonesia; Premier League bailout rejected
English soccer’s second-tier English Football League will receive live multi-platform coverage in Singapore and Indonesia over the next two seasons under newly announced rights deals.
Singtel, the prominent telecoms operator in Singapore, is to offer more than 170 matches from the EFL Championship and Carabao Cup knockout competition on its pay-TV and OTT platforms.
The games will be offered on mio Sports Channels 111 to 113 on Singtel TV and the Cast app at cast.sg/sportsplus.
Meanwhile, in Indonesia, selected games from the EFL Championship will be shown by pay-TV channel Champions TV, free-to-air commercial broadcaster RTV and OTT service Vidio.
The deals for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons were negotiated by Reddentes Sport, the Singapore-based sports agency, and Pitch International, the UK-based agency which is responsible for the distribution of the EFL’s international rights.
Following the international break, the EFL Championship resumes this weekend with the fifth round of matches, while the Carabao Cup, which also features teams from the top-tier Premier League, continues with the quarter-finals in December.
Meanwhile, the EFL clubs have rejected a financial aid package of £50 million ($65 million) from the Premier League intended to provide relief from the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The bailout, in the form of grants and interest-free loans, was directed at clubs in the third-tier League One and fourth-tier League Two, which have been particularly affected by the ban on spectators at matches, but not teams in the Championship.
Following a meeting of its 72 clubs yesterday, the EFL issued a statement reading: “The need for continued unity across the membership base was fundamental to discussions across all three divisions, and therefore there was a strong consensus that any rescue package must meet the requirements of all 72 Clubs before it can be considered in full.
“The League has been very clear in its discussions of the financial requirements needed to address lost gate receipts in 2019/20 and 2020/21, and while EFL Clubs are appreciative that a formal proposal has now been put forward, the conditional offer of £50 million falls some way short of this.”
The EFL added that it is keen to continue discussions with the Premier League to reach agreement on a solution to address the short-term financial needs of all of its clubs.
The latest offer from the Premier League came after its clubs this week rejected a radical restructuring proposal from top outfits Liverpool and Manchester United, and backed by EFL chairman Rick Parry, that would have entailed £250 million in immediate financial aid and a 25 per cent share of future revenue for the lower leagues, but also resulted in the scrapping of the Carabao Cup and Community Shield and given special voting rights to nine elite teams.