The European Parliament is set to put forward a motion which will pressure La Liga to introduce a collective television deal in order to tackle the dominance of Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain's top division.UEFA clearly desires consolidation of TV rights, and such consolidation will make it more likely that leagues will see integration via revenue sharing, and down that slippery slope lies the possibility of new forms of cross-league competition if not realignment. Far fetched? Maybe.
Individual television rights deals are negotiated by Spanish clubs at present, meaning Barcelona and Real Madrid, with the largest fan bases and who can count on the support of 57 per cent of football fans in the country - according to a 2007 survey - can rake in far more revenue than any rival.
Each year the duo make approximately €120 and €140 million (£105 million-£122 million/$162 million-$189 million) from television rights, with the next highest recipient being Valencia - the last team to win La Liga in 2004 - who receive just over €40 million (£37 million/$57 million).
A new deal last year, which was still based on individual rights, was agreed by most Spanish clubs and would see the big two's dominance reduced slightly, but would mean they still take 34 per cent of all television rights money.
Valencia and Atlético Madrid would then share 11 per cent between them, and the rest of the division the remaining 55 per cent.
Though UEFA is powerless in the matter, they are keen to help influence a new collective television deal in Spain . . .
Monday, October 10, 2011
Will TV Money Reshape European Football?
The latest data point comes from the EU Parliament: