Sky Sports earlier announced it would continue showing SPL games for at least five more years despite concerns that the loss of
Scottish Football League clubs were told in a presentation by the football authorities in June that the SPL broadcasting value could be as low as £3 million ($4.49 million) a year if the new
But those fears appear to have been largely allayed. Sky and ESPN had a year to run on their existing £13 million ($19.28 million) annual contract but were due to sign a £16 million ($23.73 million) deal this northern summer.
The SPL had to pay the SFL for rights to
Johnston, whose club has announced a six-figure sponsorship deal with Strathaven-based engineering form QTS, said: "The good news for
"This should all be voted on at a meeting of SPL clubs on Friday and Dundee will formally become SPL members."
Johnston estimates the loss of two
"There have been no announcements by the SPL on figures and details and hopefully that will be clarified on Friday but it is my understanding there will not be any significant reduction in broadcasting contract revenues," he said.
The SPL has made no comment on the matter, but it announced four further fixture changes that pave the way for games to be televised.
Sky will show
The other games are
The absence of
However, Johnston said: "That's always been a subject close to my heart but it's not on the agenda for Friday.
"Time will tell whether there is any change in that but at the moment we are looking to get the broadcasting contracts approved.
"I think everyone needs time to recover from what's been happening in the last few months and move on. We need to get supporters in to stadia, sell sponsorship and hospitality."
Johnston was the only club representative not to reject the
Johnston, whose club is about £10 million ($14.83 million) in debt, said: "There were very substantial reasons whey I abstained and unfortunately some of those reasons I can't put in the public domain.
"But I felt and I still believe it was the right thing to do.
"I think it was the wrong time to take that vote and it put the SPL into a very difficult position because effectively we handed the whole issue of what would happen to
"As we speak today we are looking at good news on the Sky/ESPN contract but it could equally have been a totally different story.
"Nobody knew what the outcome of that decision would be and I didn't think it was the right time to have a vote, never mind what the outcome would be.
"I can understand why
"But hopefully now we can all put that behind us, work together and get behind the team."
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