Alright, this could be a debate which would probably divide the world amongst Scousers & other people. Now that it is proven inevitable, lets proceed with the argument at stake here. Managing Director of Liverpool Football Club has made a statement about dividing the TV rights equally amongst all Premier League clubs.
Ian Ayre, Managing Director, has demanded the Spanish model to be applied for the division of TV rights. Clubs in Spain such as Barcelona & Real Madrid negotiate their own TV rights, which is miles better than the other La Liga clubs. Which makes the rich a little more richer.
He said “Maybe the path will be individual TV rights like they do in Spain. There are so many things moving in that particular area. With the greatest of respect to our colleagues in the Premier League, but if you’re a Bolton fan in Bolton, then you subscribe to Sky because you want to watch Bolton. Everyone gets that. Likewise, if you’re a Liverpool fan from Liverpool, you subscribe.”
But it can also be fair as the clubs which are in favorable conditions have reached this status due to history, success or a large investment of capital. May be the last point does not act as a valid reason. But clubs like Manchester City, PSG alike have risen in the interest level for common football fans. Fans are generally curious about the state of affairs of the clubs because of their buying prowess.
Precisely Ian Ayre stated that ” But if you’re in Kuala Lumpur there isn’t anyone subscribing to Astro, or ESPN to watch Bolton, or if they are it’s a very small number. Whereas the large majority are subscribing because they want to watch Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal.”
The current deal from 2010 till 2013 stands at a staggering 1.4 billion pounds.
Meanwhile both Manchester United & Chelsea have distanced themselves from the idea of changing the Premier League’s distribution of TV rights. Both the clubs have stated that they will continue to back the Premier League’s decision on the distribution of TV rights.