Soccer clubs from England's Championship, the league immediately below the Premier League, have expressed "grave concerns" about how the English Football League (EFL) renegotiated a new multi-million pound TV deal with British broadcast partner Sky.
Despite a 35 percent increase on the previous deal, the £595 million ($761 million) agreement which is due to kick in from the start of next season and run until 2024 has not been well received by the majority of clubs.
In contrast, the Premier League domestic rights due to begin next season between Sky and BT Sport is worth £4.55 billion over three years, with a further package sold to Amazon for an undisclosed amount.
The terms of the new EFL deal were announced on Monday, leading to a meeting being between club officials the following day. Those attending were thought to include former European Cup winner Aston Villa, three-time English champions Leeds United and Derby County, currently managed by former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.
There then followed a statement, from "several unnamed clubs," in which said they felt they had been "ignored."
It read, "Championship clubs are gravely concerned that the EFL Board has announced it has approved a new long-term domestic broadcasting rights deal."
Even though the likes of Leeds United and Aston Villa have not played in the Premier League for several seasons, they are still amongst the best supported sides in England and regularly have fixtures moved for television coverage, which they say is to the detriment of fans.
The clubs believe the financial terms of the new deal do not adequately represent their popularity, seeing as TV proceeds are equally distributed between all teams in the 24-team league.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has been outspoken of his club's treatment in the past, believing this to be another reason why the bigger clubs in the division should have been free to negotiate more bespoke deals, since their matches draw bigger television audiences.
For instance, 10 of Leeds United's 17 league games this season have been broadcast on television, while Aston Villa and Derby County's league games have been featured 7 times and 5 times, respectively.