Exclusive: Ex-Leeds midfielder's solution to cover 'Massive loss' after £200m EFL claim
Michael Brown believes that Leeds United could help cover games being played behind closed doors with new TV rights deals and sponsorships.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites midfielder admits having no fans at games would be a “massive loss” to all clubs.
Speaking at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee on Tuesday, EFL chairman Rick Parry warned that the 2020/21 season may not resume until it is safe for fans to return to stadiums and predicted a £200m cash shortfall across lower league clubs.
He detailed how clubs in the Championship and below are heavily reliant on gate receipts for their income and that it would end up costing teams money to play behind closed doors.
Leeds chief Angus Kinnear has already revealed that Leeds could survive for “eight or nine months” if games were to be played without fans at the stadium.
Brown believes that sides in the top two tiers of English football could be protected from the loss of revenue in the short-term by new TV rights deals.
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Speaking about the possibility of a season behind closed doors, Brown told Football Insider: “It’s a massive loss for everybody regarding fans and that revenue.
“I mean, short-term what we could possibly do, for example at Leeds United, the TV coverage straight away…added TV coverage…could maybe go some way to having games behind closed doors.
“All of those games could become live, however they do that, however it’s sponsored, whoever pays for it, whether it be a pay-per-view, whatever it might be. I think the revenue’s there, in the short-term possibly, for the Premier League and the Championship.
“It’s when we start heading a little bit lower, that’s when things could change.”
The Times report that all 92 remaining Premier League games would be televised under proposals being discussed between broadcasters and league officials.
The Championship is currently broadcast live in the UK by Sky, while the media giants are joined by BT and Amazon in owning rights to Premier League coverage.
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