The SPFL are set to hold emergency talks as their £30m TV deal with Sky Sports comes into question after Rangers failed to provide a response over a potential increase in match coverage.
- SPFL to hold emergency talks after £30m annual TV deal collapses
- Rangers failed to answer calls that allowed Sky to show more Premier League games
- A Rangers executive previously said TV rights were ‘undervalued’
- Sky Sports wanted to show five home matches from each club from 2024 to 25 years
The SPFL board will hold emergency talks after a new £30m-a-year broadcast agreement between Sky Sports and SPFL came into question.
Given 28 days to vote on a resolution recommending an extension to the current contract, 12 Scottish Premier League clubs were also asked to submit a letter of concession agreeing to allow Sky to increase the number of matches they play at home from each stadium in each season from four to five.
While 11 clubs agreed to the request by Sunday’s midnight deadline, the league received no response from Rangers and the decision collapsed.
A decision on broadcasting rights for the SPLA collapsed after Rangers failed to respond
Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the broadcaster has the right to increase the maximum number of games they show from 48 to 60 per season from the 2024/25 season. In turn, Sky is prepared to increase annual payments to Premier League clubs from the current figure of £25m to £30m by the 2028/29 season.
The broadcasters also received first declines on two additional sets of 10 games costing £4m each from 2024/25. Exercising this option and coverage of Scotland’s best trip could increase to 80 games per season, with clubs earning a total of £38m a year.
And it’s an issue that would normally require an 8-4 majority of Premier League clubs, with all 12 clubs being required to give their consent to a rule change on the number of matches Sky can display from each stadium. Despite widespread support for the deal at a club meeting on August 5, the decision failed to garner the necessary support and failed.
Privately, Rangers are believed to be raising concerns about the league’s reluctance to bid for a broadcast contract to invite higher bids.
Sky would like to increase the number of Scottish Premier League matches it shows in the coming years
The SPFL board will now hold emergency talks to consider the next step. Attempting to change the rules to force the controversial Sky deal at a second try is one option on the table. While this would require only an 11-1 majority of Premier League clubs, all 42 top clubs in the SPFL hierarchy would be required to vote on the matter.
Currently in a dispute with the Hershey League over a controversial sponsorship deal with online car company Cinch, the Ibrox side wants a meeting with other Premier League clubs to highlight their concerns over the issue.
And in a belated attempt to persuade the Rangers board of directors to submit a letter of concession and salvage the Sky deal Sportsmail He understands that SPFL President Murdoch McClennan has offered to hold a summit later this month.
Due to ongoing concerns about corporate governance within the league, the Europa League finalists called for the resignations of McLennan, CEO Neil Doncaster and legal counsel Rod McKenzie in April 2020, and that position has not changed.
Last year, Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson noted that the rights to the national game were “undervalued”. And any new vote by clubs on the Sky deal is now likely to become a de facto vote of confidence in the league’s office holders.
Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson previously said the rights were ‘less than sold’