Kieran Maguire makes 'massive' Man United claim as £1bn venture on the cards after Parry reveal
Man United will demand control of their own TV rights for a couple of games a season in talks with the EFL over a joint broadcast deal, according to Kieran Maguire.
The football finance expert, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Premier League’s biggest clubs feel they’re “hamstrung” by the current arrangements.
As quoted by Sports Pro Media (12th October), EFL chairman Rick Parry has reiterated calls for the Premier League to give 25 per cent of their revenue to lower-league clubs.
Parry revealed the eradication of the 3PM blackout could be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the Premier League.
Maguire believes the biggest clubs in England would want more control if they were to agree to a 25 per cent agreement.
“The big clubs like Man United and Liverpool will want the ability to sell their own rights for a couple of games a season,” he told Football Insider.
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“United claim to have 1.1billion fans on the planet. If they can sell to 10 per cent of them, it would be massive. Let’s imagine that they sell to 100million fans at £10-per-game. All of a sudden that is an extra billion pounds. That is twice the amount Man United make in a year.
“They are convinced that they are being hamstrung by the current broadcasting arrangement. In their eyes, there is a lot more money that could be made. They want a bigger slice of it.
“If the top clubs give up a percentage of the broader deals they are going to want some form of quid pro quo. Otherwise, they will ask why should they give away their money.”