Gap closes between biggest and smallest clubs as league distributes broadcast revenues
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have once again claimed the lion’s share of LaLiga’s broadcasting revenues, according to the latest figures published by Spanish soccer’s top flight.
Reigning champions Barcelona received the highest amount for the second consecutive season, securing a whopping €154 million (US$175.8 million).
That figure amounted to €6 million more than fellow giants Real Madrid, who netted €148 million (US$168.9 million) for the 2017/18 campaign, while their cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid notched the third highest amount with €110.6 million (US$126.2 million).
In total, €1.326 billion was distributed between Spain’s 20 top-flight clubs, with seven per cent of that figure deducted due to obligations, including 3.5 per cent in compensation to clubs relegated to the second tier.
Barca and Real
Despite the sustained dominance of Barca and the two Madrid sides – who claimed more than 40 per cent of the amount handed out, the gap between LaLiga’s biggest and smallest clubs has closed as the league continues to work towards a fairer distribution model.
The revenues are shared in accordance with Spain’s Royal Decree Law of 2015, which saw La Liga stop selling rights on an individual basis and return to the collective selling of media rights. The ruling also dictates that TV money should be distributed in accordance with other social factors such as attendances and TV audiences.