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2015-02-13 10:34
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London - The English Premier League's jaw-dropping $7.89 billion domestic TV rights deal for the three seasons starting 2016-17 will increase its financial dominance over rival leagues.

But how do domestic leagues in Europe and beyond measure up against the EPL?


The Bundesliga has grown steadily, marking a 10th straight fiscal year of growth in 2013/14. Media revenues for the current campaign are $784.94 million, set to grow to €835 million for 2016/17 which is about double the amount of 10 years ago.

The Bundesliga's international broadcasting rights are also still in their infancy compared to the Premier League, worth €75 million this season. In 2015/16 this will go up to €154 million due to a new deal, and up to 162 million in 2016/17.

"While the national market is still of great importance, internationalisation and digitisation are more than ever the engine for further growth," the German Football League (DFL) said in its 2013/14 Bundesliga report issued days ago.


The Premier League's latest blockbuster deal has increased urgency in Spain for a government law most clubs want mandating a collective bargaining arrangement for TV rights.

La Liga clubs, who negotiate their own agreements with broadcasters, are ready to go on strike if the government does not pass the law soon, Espanyol president Joan Collet said.

Real Madrid, the world's wealthiest club by income, and Barcelona, the fourth richest, together take about half the annual La Liga TV money of €650 million, one reason why they usually finish far ahead of their domestic rivals.

According to Esteve Calzada, CEO of Barcelona-based consulting firm Prime Time Sport, the ratio in England between the team that makes the most TV money and the one that makes the least is about 1.5 to 1 while in La Liga it is 10 to 1.


The most recent deal for Serie A domestic rights from 2015 to 2018 is worth €2.8 billion with Sky Italia and Mediaset paying €943 million a season, €114 million euros per season more than the previous deal.

Juventus president Andrea Agnellis warned: "England, Germany and Spain have overtaken us in any number of criteria, revenue, sustainability of the business, sporting results, the value of their stadiums and the UEFA ranking."

Serie A divides the TV revenue into three slices: 40 percent is shared equally among all 20 clubs; 30 percent is divided between the clubs based on their estimated number of supporters; and the remaining 30 percent on the position in the previous season, the previous five years and historic classifications.


French Ligue 1 clubs can command just under €750 million from TV rights for the 2016-2020 period.

Philippe Diallo, president of the French professional clubs' union (UCPF), told L'Equipe on Thursday that the new Premier League deal would only widen the gap and make it even harder for French clubs to keep their best talent.

"England have no rivals anymore. The average clubs snatch our best players... Hugo Lloris, hailed as one of the best keepers in the world, went to Tottenham, who don't play in the Champions League," he said.


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