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How Does the Championship Compare to the EPL?

Did you know that in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports pays $74 million a season for the TV rights to the Football League, which includes the Championship, the lower leagues and 15 matches per season from the League Cup?

Comparing the Championship to the Premier League, the Championship fee is six per cent of the value of the Prmier League live rights. Last season, 60 Championship matches drew audiences on average a third of the size of Premier League audiences — so the Championship was getting approximately 350,000-400,000 viewers per match, which is comparable to how many fans in America watch the Premier League on Fox Soccer Channel according to conservative estimates.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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