Leeds handed mid-season friendly against Championship rivals
By Emma Sanders
Derby and Leeds will battle it out in a mid-season friendly in an attempt to promote alternative potential revenue opportunities.
The Rams hope to use the fixture to show there are other opportunities of earning revenue “outside of normal broadcasting restrictions.”
The two Championship outfits will take part in a friendly match at Pride Park during the March international break and Derby’s chief executive Sam Rush explained there has been a push to raise awareness of broadcasting opportunities in the Football League.
“It will be an opportunity, amongst other things, for both clubs to demonstrate the extent of the potential revenue opportunities that exist,” said Rush, as quoted by the Derby Telegraph. “This will follow on from the broadcast quality productions we have worked on at under-23s games this season.”
The friendly match is expected to take place in between Derby’s fixtures against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground and Queens Park Rangers at Pride Park.
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It will also fall in between Leeds’ first team clashes against Brighton at Elland Road and Reading at the Madejski Stadium on March 18th and April 1st.
Leeds currently sit in fifth place in the Championship table and are fighting to secure a play-off position to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Derby are also in a similar position and sit just two points behind Leeds in seventh place so the proposed friendly fixture could come during a crucial break in the season, with both clubs set to battle it out for a play-off spot.
In the last encounter at Pride Park, Derby ran out as 1-0 winners against Garry Monk’s side and Leeds are set to host the Rams in January at Elland Road.
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