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    Kyle Bainbridge: The divided divisions of English football

    A total of 92 teams compete in England's top four tiers of professional football, 20 of which contest in the top flight also known as the Premier League.

    Below the Premier League are 72 teams who compete in the English Football League (EFL) which is made up of 3 Divisions, The Championship, League One and League Two.

    But is there a divide between these divisions when it comes to class, publicity and investment?

    The Premier League is arguably the best league in the world, attracting millions of audiences worldwide.

    Billionaire investors have become interested in buying clubs competing in the top flight of English football, most notably Sheikh Mansour who bought Manchester City in 2008 and Roman Abramovich who bought Chelsea in 2003.

    But as the leagues drop lower, it is less likely the big money owners will come in with some facing restrictions due to the tier of which they compete in.

    When it comes to TV coverage, the Premier League has an advantage when it comes to profiting from TV rights.

    Sky Sports are the main source for Premier League action having secured themselves 128 games to screen live in a deal worth £4.64 billion and BT Sport adding 42 games per season to their schedule making more profit for the top flight.

    The EFL secured 183 games on Sky Sports, however, this is split between 3 divisions, the Carabao Cup and also the Checkatrade Trophy. BT Sport and Sky Sports combined make the Premier League 172 games per season compared with the EFL only securing 11 more games despite having 5 competitions screened against just 1.

    When it comes to the highlights, The Premier League and The EFL Championship overshadow the less fortunate League One and League Two. The Premier League has its own highlights programming with both Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2 screening Premier League only action on BBC for an hour and a half. With the class and audience it has, there is no surprise to why it's such a favourite to have its separate programming.

    When it comes to the EFL however, whether it was on BBC as the Football League Show, Football on 5 or as it is currently EFL on Quest, The Championship has always been separated from both Leagues One and Two.

    On BBC's Football League Show, The Championship had a time slot of an hour with Leagues One and Two squeezing into an half an hour slot despite having to cover 2 leagues rather than just 1.

    When the programming moved to Football on 5, The Championship had a separate programming known as The Championship and Leagues One and Two being named Goal Rush, which once again was squeezed into a half hour time slot compared to Championship having an hour slot.

    Now with the programming known as EFL on Quest, it has followed suit in allowing the Championship covering an hour and Leagues One and Two slotting into a half hour slot.

    When the international break comes during the League season, Leagues One and Two still play league games, whereas Premier League and Championship have breaks due to most players being called up.

    However, Leagues One and Two are then slotted into an hour slot between them with the timings changed till later on in the night meaning that some viewers have to stay up later than normal to watch highlights from these two leagues.

    It can be said that the Premier League and Championship deserve more airtime and investment due to the level they play at but at the same time shouldn't the each league be treated fairly despite playing different levels?

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