Date: 16th February 2007 at 9:07am
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Birmingham owner David Sullivan believes that the football league sold their TV rights to Sky Sports on the cheap.

The owner of Birmingham has stated that they received £60,000 for a live TV game last week, but added that the loss of revenue on the revised kick off time and extra police costs, probably meant that Birmingham made a loss on the event (Birmingham had their lowest attendance of the season).

Sullivan told the Echo: ‘I will publicly state that I believe the Football League sold out their television rights far too cheaply.

‘They should never have sold out to Sky for the money they did.

‘The compensation that Championship clubs get – £60,000 – for switching the games doesn’t even cover the reduction in your gate.

‘We, at Birmingham, don’t want any Championship games on Sky.

‘In the Premiership, it’s big money. Then you have got the leeway to do cheaper deals for fans.

‘The problem in the Championship is that £60,000 is a relatively small sum of money.

‘Our police bill for the Sunday game was £23,000.

‘That £60,000 did not cover the overall cost of the police, the turnstile operators, the stewards’.

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