Will Spanish soccer go on strike?

In other words they need to follow the german model. People wondered where the Bundesliga went as far as success in international club competitions? And, there was a dip in results. But now most european leagues in in major crisis while the german teams are enjoying a renaissance with full stadiums reasonably paid players, and the highest scoring league in goals per game. It appears the other leagues success was just another market bubble while german austerity leads the way.


By the middle of Wednesday morning, a Spanish judge should have ruled whether La Liga is legally able to call a strike this weekend. It’s doubtless the ruling will seem definitive but then it can be challenged or threatened right up until Saturday morning.

The dispute is ostensibly about whether the Spanish League (LFP) is obliged to continue providing one match each Saturday night which can be viewed on free-to-air (that is to say non-subscription) channels in the country. The new television deal for Spanish soccer starts in 2015 and the country’s professional clubs view it as a lifeline for their utterly desperate financial plight, which — conservative estimates have it — is around 4 billion Euros spread across the top leagues.

Spain’s professional clubs currently share 650 million Euros per year from television income with individual, rather than collective, bargaining. Madrid and Barcelona have the biggest share with a descending order of priority via the next group of senior La Liga sides.

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