EFL Renews Talksport & BBC Radio Rights Deal

The EFL has renewed its national radio rights deal with talkSPORT for a further four years, with high-profile coverage set to continue across the broadcast platform for all EFL clubs from the 2024/25 season onwards.



Supporters of EFL clubs will be able to listen to exclusive live commentary of their team on talkSPORT, with more games than ever before across the Sky Bet EFL and Play-Offs.


As part of the agreement, they will also be making a strong commitment to support EFL in the Community throughout the period.


talkSPORT will have access to some Bristol Street Motors Trophy games and there is also a continuation of the current position in respect of the Carabao Cup as both talkSPORT and the BBC will share non-exclusive rights to the competition. 


In addition, the League has also agreed that the BBC will continue to have the ability to broadcast score flash updates across all three Sky Bet EFL divisions, the Carabao Cup and the Bristol Street Motors Trophy which supports their coverage of the League on other platforms.


Ben Wright, Chief Commercial Officer at the EFL, said: “We’re delighted to continue working alongside talkSPORT and the BBC as long-time partners of the League and look forward to maximising the potential coverage for our clubs, competitions and our radio partners.


“talkSPORT’s approach to EFL coverage over the recent years has been both innovative and engaging, bringing the storylines and drama of the EFL to fans. The new deal will not only continue that trend, but also sees a strong commitment to supporting the life-changing work delivered by our community across England and Wales.


“The new agreement will also see the BBC continue its excellent coverage of the Carabao Cup, whilst also keeping supporters up and down the country informed on the latest EFL action on a match-by-match basis. These are incredibly important components to keep all audiences informed of the action and jeopardy witnessed week-in, week-out across our competitions.”


Liam Fisher, Head of talkSPORT, added: “It’s fantastic to be able to extend our exclusive deal with the EFL past the 10-year mark.


“The Championship, League One and League Two continue to provide some of the most exciting and competitive football in the world and the Play-Offs remain a fascinating end-of-season conclusion.


“Along with the Carabao Cup and Bristol Street Motors Trophy we will be delivering comprehensive live match coverage alongside dedicated complementary output whoever you follow.”


Heidi Dawson, Controller at BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “The BBC are a long-time partner of the EFL and agreeing this deal to support the wider football pyramid is really important for the BBC.


“Keeping audiences updated on EFL action and providing live commentary for Carabao Cup games alongside our wider football portfolio is a key element of our offering on BBC Radio 5 Live.”


The terms of the agreements include:



Exclusive live commentary rights, including:

Sky Bet Championship – a minimum commitment of 130 live matches, with a maximum of 150 live matches

Sky Bet League One & League Two – a minimum of 15 live matches, with a maximum of 15 live matches

Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs – all matches across the three divisions

Bristol Street Motors Trophy – 10 matches per season

Non-exclusive live commentary matches, including:

Carabao Cup – Up to 30 matches per season

Non-exclusive rights to score flash updates across all three Sky Bet EFL divisions, the Carabao Cup and the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.



Non-exclusive rights to score flash updates across all three Sky Bet EFL divisions, the Carabao Cup and the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.

Non-exclusive right to transmit live match commentary of up to 25 Carabao Cup matches throughout the competition, including the Final, on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Sports Extra


The agreement for both talkSPORT and the BBC is until the end of the 2027/28 season, with an option for a further season at the discretion of the EFL.





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