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SBD Global/September 19, 2012/International Football

Barça Chief Says La Liga Should Be More Competitive

Barcelona FC President Sandro Rosell said that he wants "to seek ways to make La Liga more competitive," so that teams other than itself and Real Madrid "have a chance of winning the title," according to Christian Levaux of REUTERS. One of the reasons for the dominance of Barça and Real Madrid in their domestic league is their "stranglehold over income from audiovisual rights." There is no system of collective bargaining and revenue sharing that other European leagues have. Rosell suggested that Barça "might be prepared to accept change," although club officials have made it clear in the past they "would not be prepared to see their share of the pot shrink." Rosell agreed that a league in which the big two were not always so dominant "would be more compelling." When asked if it would be better to follow the EPL model, where three or four teams scrap for the title and the top dogs slip up against lesser sides much more regularly, Rosell said, "No, no it's something I fully agree with. We have to sit down with the Spanish teams and look for solutions on that yes, I agree" (REUTERS, 9/18).
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