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SBD Global/November 14, 2013/Media

Spanish Football League President Javier Tebas Explains Spain's Pay-TV Struggles

Spanish Football League (LFP) President Javier Tebas recently discussed his league's "war on corruption" and how La Liga and the Spanish second division compare to the Premier League in terms of TV revenue, according to MARCA. On the subject of Premier League clubs earning more revenue from TV contracts, Tebas said, "We hope that clubs in the Premier League that are comparable to Valladolid, Levante or Rayo Vallecano earn the same as our clubs, but that is impossible. In the EPL, they earn a total of €2.2 billion ($3B), and we are at €800 million ($1M). This is not due to good or bad management, because we should not forget that England has 35% more people than Spain, and three times as many pay-TV subscribers. There are 11 million pay-TV subscribers in England and 3 million in Spain." Tebas explained Spain's lack of pay-TV subscriptions by saying, "In Spain, the number of subscribers has fallen because of the crisis and a Spanish phenomenon that is not equal in any other part of the world: piracy. It seems that in Spain, it is foolish not to pirate. In fact, the U.S. ambassador is calling ministers every day criticizing them for not doing enough to fight against piracy" (MARCA, 11/13).
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