Spanish Footballers Association Requesting 5% Of TV Revenue From LFP's Next Contract
The Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) wants the Spanish Football League (LFP) to give it 5% of the rights "from the next TV contract that the LFP signs" with Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD), according to Jiménez & Matilla of AS. The AFE "believes it deserves this because similar agreements exist in other countries." In England, for example, "the Professional Footballers' Association has received 5%" of the Premier League's TV rights since '01. This has equaled €28.1M per year, "and includes an increase proportional to the growth of the TV contract." It is estimated that in Spain, 5% of a "future TV contract would mean" €40M ($54M) per year, because the current sum distributed among the clubs is €780M ($1.1B). The AFE currently receives between 2.5% and 3% from the LFP, a "quantity that it considers insufficient." The LFP does "not agree with the request because it believes it ignores Spain's economic reality" (AS, 11/14).