Spanish league chief wary about exodus of talent.
La Liga president Javier Tebas fears that the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could now finally move to the Premier League as the new £5.1bn TV rights deal will make cash rich clubs even richer, the BBC reports.
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Television giants Sky and BT have paid a record amount to secure rights to show Premier League games starting from the 2016/17 season, and now Tebas fears for his own domestic league as the money on offer in England could potentially prize Spanish talent away with ease.
“Well yes I think so. We have a serious problem, and we won’t be the best league in a year,” he said.
“We’re going to lose a lot of value in the market because the Premier league is going to snap up all of the global TV competition and contracts.”
Clubs is Spain negotiate their own deals with TV stations, leaving the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid to monopolise the cash-flow around the division.
But Tebas has now called for a centralisation of the TV rights in Spain so they may also keep up with the mega rich Premier League.
“Unless we urgently move towards centralised TV rights sales, Spanish football is going to have a very serious problem,” Tebas added.
“Economically we’ll end up with a fifth-level competition.”