Spanish Club President Believes TV Rights Distribution Is 'The Most Unequal In The Whole Continent'
President of La Liga Sevilla FC José María del Nido has predicted that the current distribution of TV rights "could bring total bankruptcy" to Spanish professional football, according to the EFE. The Seville, Spain conference, attended by Seville Mayor Juan Ignacio Zoido, was titled "Centralized Sale of Football TV Rights and Equitable Distribution. Financial Control of UEFA and Spanish Football League (LFP) For Financial Fair Play." Del Nido assured that Spanish football "is in a delicate situation" and "some clubs will see themselves destined to disappear" because Real Madrid and Barcelona hoard the income from TV rights. Del Nido: "The distribution of money is the most unequal in all of the continent. It's 15-1 comparing Madrid and Barcelona with what the others receive." Del Nido highlighted that the two Spanish powers receive 56% of all the money from TV rights, with just 44% split among the remaining 18 La Liga and 22 Second Division clubs. According to del Nido, Barcelona and Real Madrid earn positive incomes of €25M ($33M) each year, while "the rest lost one hundred million." Del Nido pointed out the example of the Premier League in '10-11, when the winner, ManU, made €48M ($63.3), only double the money, €25M, earned by the last-place team, West Ham. Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Barcelona earned €185M ($243.8M), compared to clubs like Rayo Vallecano, which made only €9M ($11.9M) (EFE, 5/8).