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LA Liga clubs divided on TV revenue

sports Updated: Nov 18, 2010 01:01 IST

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Villarreal, Sevilla and four other clubs have hardened their opposition to an agreement brokered by Real Madrid and Barcelona with 11 other top-flight Spanish teams on sharing television revenue.

Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Real Zaragoza and Real Sociedad also oppose the model arguing it will maintain the La Liga giants' unfair duopoly and continue to limit competition in the top division, reducing its appeal to TV audiences. After the latest round of talks on Wednesday, the six clubs said they were considering filing a complaint with Spain's competition authority, which would take effect around 2014 after current contracts expire.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said that Spain needed a system used in rival European leagues like the English Premier League, where the difference in income between rich and poor is much smaller. "Under the current system of revenue sharing it would be impossible for any club other than Madrid or Barca to win the league," he said.