La Liga ready to strike over TV rights

Spain's top-flight clubs are ready to shut down La Liga if the government does not pass a law mandating collective bargaining for TV rights soon, Espanyol president Joan Collet said yesterday.

"We are ready to halt La Liga if this (law) does not come out in one, two or three weeks," Collet told Spanish radio.

"I have already spoken with clubs like Valencia. We would have to hold another assembly but we are ready if the government doesn't get a move on."

La Liga, where the broadcast rights are held by Barcelona-based Mediapro, is the only top European league in which clubs negotiate their own TV contracts.

Real Madrid and Barcelona together take about half the annual La Liga TV money of 650 million euros ($1 billion).

Many clubs in La Liga, including the likes of Espanyol, Valencia and Sevilla, are hopeful a collective deal would enable them to demand more from broadcasters which would then be shared out more equitably to create a more level playing field. - Reuters.