Spanish giants financial reign of superiority set to end.
La Liga clubs are said to be closing in on a deal that would allow them to sell their rights collectively and end the financial dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona, according to the Daily Mail.
At present, Spanish clubs sell their rights individually. But this has lead to a complete lack of competition with Barcelona and Real Madrid each receiving around £120million a season.
The duo’s nearest rivals, and last season’s league champions, Atletico Madrid received under half of that amount, but reports are now suggesting that a new deal is set to come into place that will emulate the Premier League.
The deal would be introduced for the start of the 2016/17 season, and would help the dwindling image of the Spanish top flight, as Barcelona or Real Madrid have clinched 15 out of the last 20 championships.
Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said: “Barcelona and Madrid sell individually and we negotiate with a lot of success.
“That helps us to have as many of the best players in the world as possible. But we know the problem: the Premier League is very competitive.
“You never know who will win. In Spain, between 2004 and 2014 it has been just Barcelona and Madrid, mainly Barcelona.”
And though it may seem counter intuitive for Barcelona to back the campaign, Bartomeu has been leading the call for widespread change.
“We are leading the attempt to find a consensus. It has been our objective for a long time to convince all the clubs in La Liga to sell the rights as a competition.
“Not all of them have been helpful. We will make the same, but the (revenue) increase will go to the other clubs.”
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