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Sky Sports has bagged the rights to cover action from the English Football League (EFL) until 2024.

Under the new agreement, it will exclusively cover up to 183 games a year from the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two, Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy from the start of the 2019-20 season.

This means that the number of games it shows each season will go up by more than a quarter, which Sky Sports believes strengthens its position as "the home of football".

Sky Sports will also show 80 midweek games from the Sky Bet Championship across interactive and digital platforms for the first time.

This means the overall number of matches available to Sky Sports subscribers will pass the 260 mark.

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, described the deal as "great news for EFL fans and our viewers".

"With a new dedicated football channel and newly enhanced digital platforms, adding more games means Sky Sports is getting even better for football fans," he commented.

"Securing the EFL strengthens the Sky Sports service even further with the rights that matter most to our customers." 

Mr Francis went on to note that viewing of live EFL games rose by 12 per cent last season and has gone up by a further seven per cent so far this season.

"Fans value our live EFL coverage and we are delighted to be able to offer even more in the coming years," he said.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of the EFL, added that Sky Sports is a "hugely important and valued partner".

"We look forward to working with the Sky Sports team as they cement their position as the broadcast home of live EFL matches," he said.

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