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La Liga's Javier Tebas Emerges As Contender For EPL CEO Job

La Liga President Javier Tebas
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La Liga President Javier Tebas "has emerged as a contender" to be the EPL's next CEO, according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. Tebas, who has run La Liga since '13, "is understood to have been identified as a potential successor" to Richard Scudamore. Although Tebas has "limited English, that is not believed to be regarded as an insurmountable issue" given his "successful spell" in charge of the Spanish top flight. Tebas "has gained a reputation for revolutionary ideas" and secured a deal with promoters in the U.S. to play La Liga matches there. Tebas was offered the job to run Serie A a year ago "but stayed at La Liga after the clubs increased his pay" to around £1M ($1.31M) a year, still "well short" of the £2.6M earned by Scudamore in the '17-18 season (LONDON TIMES, 2/20).