La Liga to Fine Clubs
La Liga clubs are set to be financially punished if they show empty seats on television during live games in an aid to secure better deals and not let the English Premier League run away in the fight for financial top dog.
Spanish league bosses plan to fine teams that allow empty seats at their stadium to be shown on live on television from next season.
Regulations that are due to come into place next season will demand that sections of grounds which appear prominently on television must be fully populated by fans.
The unique move is in response to the growing popularity of the Premier League as the most marketable football league in the world.
The Premier League’s new television deal will make it the highest earning sporting league in the world when it comes into place at the start of next season.
Earlier this year the Spanish league announced a new television deal which is modelled on the Premier League’s equal distribution model.
Prior to the agreement on the new deal, leading Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona were able to exclusively negotiate their own deals.
Now, according laws approved by the Spanish government in May 2015, television revenue will be pooled and shared collectively.
However both El Clasico clubs do not stand to lose out in the new deal, with stipulations in place to preserve the super-clubs’ revenue stream.
A clause will ensure that no La Liga team will earn less money than they were receiving before the introduction of the new distribution model.
The new deal will come into force at the start of next season and will see La Liga earn £1.98 billion over three seasons.
Barcelona became La Liga champions on the final day of the Spanish season after a hat-trick from Luis Suarez secured a 3-0 win over Granada.
The one-point margin by which Barcelona won the league title was narrowest across any of Europe’s top five leagues.
Leicester City ended the season with a clear 10-point gap to their nearest rivals, whilst Bayern Munich and PSG won their domestic leagues by 10 and 31 points respectively.