Thursday May 16 2013
‘Barca, Madrid TV money won’t drop’

Javier Tebas says that Barcelona and Real Madrid are open to collectively selling broadcast rights in La Liga, but only if their income does not decrease.

With every club negotiating rights deals separately, the top two currently account for a 50 per cent share of the total amount broadcasters pay out to La Liga’s clubs each year.

According to the Spanish Football League’s newly-elected President, Barca and Madrid may be open to reducing that percentage share, if the clubs grouped together to sell broadcast rights in a collective deal, but only if their actual earnings do not drop.

“The television rights will be sold together in the 2015-16 season or the following one,” Tebas told AS this week.

“We know what is needed and how they will be sold, if only the satellite rights or for those abroad too…the clubs will have to talk.

“Barca and Madrid have collaborated in shortening the income gap between themselves and the others, more so Barca…

“But, any kind of collective agreement is implicit that Madrid and Barca charge €136m per year for the rights for League and Cup matches, hence they will not see a decrease.

“The current total rights is €800m, I believe it will reach €1,000m. The international market may be important, but not greatly so, there are only three that have the ability: Murdoch, Carlos Slim and Al Jazeera.”

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