Danny Mills has heaped praise on the EFL and Sky after Leeds United learned how much Football League clubs would be asked to pay back their broadcast partner.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it was “incredibly important” that the right conclusion was reached given the difficult circumstances.
The Telegraph report that an agreement has been reached between Sky and the EFL for £10million to be rebated by the Football League clubs as a result of the suspension of the season.
The figure represents just a quarter of the original £42million that was feared to be the amount that would be billed to Football League clubs as a result of the pandemic.
The £10million cost will be shared across the 72 clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.
However, the payments will be taken out of the agreed rights for the next three seasons as opposed to asking for the clubs to repay the money now.
When asked by Football Insider if a fair conclusion had been reached, Mills said: “There has to be give and take on all sides. It is incredibly important for this to work.
“A lot of games will be free to air for season ticket holders so that is a huge bonus for fans – at least they still get the option to watch their games for no extra cost.
“They have got their heads together and it has been a sensible conclusion for everybody involved with the EFL.”
The EFL signed a deal with Sky Sports in 2018 worth £595million over five seasons and the rebate payments will be spread over the last three years of the contract.
Clubs will discuss the new rebate agreement at a meeting on Wednesday.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider he expects the club to make a statement after major development.