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Barcelona Received Record €146.2M From TV Rights In '16-17

La Liga revealed that Barcelona received a record €146.2M last season from TV rights, according to Richard Martin of REUTERS. Barcelona earned around €6M more than '16-17 champion Real Madrid. The 20 clubs in Spain’s top flight took in €1.247B, rising from €1.237B the previous year, with Barça earning €6.2M more than it did the year before. The income is distributed according to results in the last five years, which is why Barça, the champion in '13, '15 and '16, earned more than Real Madrid, which won the title last season for the first time since '12. Real Madrid earned the second-biggest amount, €140M; Atlético Madrid picked up the third-largest share, €99M; and Athletic Bilbao took the fourth-largest sum, €71M. Leganés, which in '16 was promoted to the top flight "for the first time ever," earned the smallest amount of all the teams, pocketing €39.3M. Last season was the second campaign in which La Liga sold its TV rights collectively "following a change in the Spanish law" in '15. Under the previous system, based on club’s negotiating their deals individually, the league earned a total of €851M from TV rights. The league "is currently negotiating" its next TV deal, coming into effect from '19-20, which La Liga President Javier Tebas said could be worth €2.3B ($2.8B) (REUTERS, 1/3).

ROOM TO GROW: In Madrid, Jesús Garrido reported La Liga "remains light years behind the Premier League, which is incredibly far ahead of all other leagues" in terms of TV revenue. Last year's EPL champion, Chelsea, earned €172M from TV revenue. The Premier League club that earned the least was Sunderland, with €112M, while the La Liga teams that earned the least -- Alavés and Leganés -- received €39.3M (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 1/2).

Source: LA LIGA