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Volume 7 No. 149

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Some League Championship clubs have called for the resignation of EFL CEO Shaun Harvey.
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The 15 League Championship clubs refusing to sign a five-year TV contract with Sky Sports have "rejected a compromise proposal" from the English Football League to sign a three-year deal instead, according to Matt Hughes of the LONDON TIMES. In their letter to the EFL last week containing the "threat to form a breakaway league," the clubs referenced the length of the proposed £590M ($753M) deal in a changing media landscape as "one reason for their opposition to Sky's offer," but it appears they are "unwilling to accept a shorter contract."  Some clubs are "considering" calling for the resignation of EFL CEO Shaun Harvey, although he is believed to retain the support of the EFL board. Following "heated" meetings last week, Harvey is understood to have canvassed opinion as to whether the 15 clubs would accept a three-year deal at £119M ($152M) a year and "received a negative response." The EFL is taking legal advice about the two scenarios, which, after the collapse of the compromise agreement, amount to a "choice of accepting or rejecting the Sky offer before a deadline of 4pm on Monday" (LONDON TIMES, 11/15).

Fan The Flame Concepts, an independent comic and graphic novel producer working with Neymar, released an app for the recently launched Neymar Jr. Comics. The app is available in iOS and Android formats. The Neymar Jr. Comics app gives fans the chance to read the digital comic on the go. Fans can also download free content, receive special discounts, enter contests and learn about upcoming titles and issues (Fan The Flame Concepts).

Sport TV "halted the distribution" of its six premium sports TV channels on Portuguese cable TV operator Nowo. In a statement, Nowo said that the decision was due to its "refusal to accept the new conditions imposed by Sport TV," including a 15% price hike, which it considers "unfair, inadequate and out of alignment with the reality of the market." It also claims that the new conditions were presented the day before the last day of the contract. Sport TV pointed out the distribution contract ended in July and, although negotiations for the renewal started six months earlier, it was not possible to reach an agreement (ADVANCED TELEVISION, 11/13).

Premier League Mornings Live is coming back to the U.S. in N.Y. on Dec. 8. After the success of the first festival in Washington DC, in September, when more than 2,000 fans attended the event, downtown Manhattan will host the second edition. NBC Sports' Premier League Morning studio team of host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will broadcast live from the event at NYC's South Street Seaport starting at 7am (Premier League).

As part of its "Bring US the game" campaign, La Liga purchased an ad on the cover of Thursday's Miami Herald "demanding that the Girona-Barcelona match take place at Hard Rock Stadium." In addition to the ad on the cover, Thursday's edition of the Miami Herald featured two more pages of ads claiming there are 30,000 signatures in favor of the petition (AS, 11/15).