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Premiership TV deal 'a lifesaver'

A leading insolvency expert has described the deal that will allow up to eight live Premiership games a year to be shown on terrestrial television as 'a lifesaver for English football'.

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The deal was struck by the European Competition Commission, the Premier League and BSkyB to keep intact the Premier League’s lucrative £1bn TV rights deal.

Joe McLean, a partner with Grant Thornton’s recovery and reorganisation practice, said: ‘Premier League clubs should count their blessings and be grateful to their representatives for ensuring a much safer environment for the next three years.’

But his welcome came with the health warning that clubs should not make the mistake of slipping back into old habits.

‘The agreement of the deal is not a licence to spend. We are still witnessing examples of many clubs living beyond their means often disregarding what are often huge amounts of debt,’ he said.

He warned against clubs entering into lengthy and expensive contracts because of the prospect of smaller TV contracts in the years to come. ‘The next time around, the road to the negotiating table will not be paved with gold,’ he said.

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