'It's a Disgrace' - Leeds Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Neville demands radical Sky change
Noel Whelan insisted Leeds United do not get their fair share of TV rights money and called for radical change in its distribution.
The ex-Whites forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the difference between the Premier League and Championship is a “disgrace” given Leeds bring in more viewers to Sky than Norwich City.
The Championship league leaders will receive around £3million from TV rights at the end of the season whereas Norwich, who sit bottom of the top-flight, are set for a windfall of £100million.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville insisted the distribution from his own employers and the other main rights holders needs “resetting” and called for government intervention on the matter.
It is clear why the Championship play-off final has earned the nickname ‘the richest game in football’ with a near £97million financial game accompanied by parachute payments.
When asked by Football Insider if the distribution of TV rights money needs reevaluating, Whelan said: “There has got to be a shift in fairness when it comes to the payouts. It is not fair.
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“The bridge gap of £100m to £3m it’s a disgrace considering how many times Leeds United are on Sky.
“You have to take into consideration how many people are watching each game. I am sure more people are watching more Leeds United matches than Norwich, even though they are in the Premier League.
“We know Sky considers Leeds a commodity – a desirable team to watch which is why they have so many games there. Certain clubs should be getting paid more money and there should not be a gap between payments.
“The gap is far too big. It is a joke.”
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has called on multiple occasions for the TV rights distribution to be reassessed.
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