Share the Wealth
Ironically in a week where there was further talk of the top six in the Premier League wanting a bigger share of the TV rights pie, the EFL have been discussing taking a fairer approach to those at the bottom of the football ladder.
The proposals were presented to all 72 Clubs at the EFL’s Summer Conference 2018 this week, and follows an agreement by the EFL Board that the matter of how the EFL shares the revenue it generates could be amended to increase the certainty of additional income for League One and League Two Clubs, if an agreed direction of travel can be reached.
The EFL has stated:
The opportunity to reassess the current model has arisen, in part, due to the need to determine how Domestic Streaming Revenue will be distributed in the long-term once the full value of the proposition is understood following its launch in 2018/19 and ahead of the new EFL broadcast deal coming into force in 2019/20.
How it Impacts on Villa
If adopted, the shift in distribution percentages (see below) would come into play in the 2019/20 season onwards. How that affects Aston Villa now has a wide spectrum of possibilities due to the recent revelations of their financial plight.
They could still get promoted next season, thus it’ll be irrelevant. If they stay in the Championship there would be a slight drop (almost 3%) in the percentage share than previous seasons (although actual revenue should be up). Or, if the slashed relegation odds next season are to be believed, they could even benefit from the improved percentages that potentially will be offered to League One teams.
An EFL statement on the breakdowns, states the following:
Current projections for the distribution formula in 2019/20 based on the existing Articles, which are adjusted for RPI, have been calculated at 71.15% in the Championship, 17.16% in League One and 11.69% in League Two.
The EFL introduced two initial proposals that take into account the various income potential and expenditure factors and would look to fix the distribution formula at either the 2016/17 levels of 68.51% in the Championship, 18.70% League One and 12.79% in League Two OR move to a new split of 66.66% in the Championship, 20% in League One and 13.34% in League Two.
The actual EFL Board are neutral on the issue and after further consideration and discussion process, a potential vote on a formula change could happen towards the end of 2018.
Any change would need the support of at least 75% of the EFL’s 72 clubs.
Aston Villa’s current financial uncertainty seems to have influenced supporters feelings to the current manager Steve Bruce despite his failure to get the club promoted so far.
MOMS is currently running the below FB poll to see how it compares with the recent one done by the Birmingham Mail, which saw Bruce with a 61% approval rating in terms of carrying on next season.