La Liga Daily – G-6 group – Villarreal, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Real Sociedad and Real Zaragoza – oppose strike

All thoughts in Spain this week turn to the big debate over whether there will be any professional football in the country this weekend. A judge in Madrid will decide on Wednesday if the so-called G-6 clubs – Villarreal, Sevilla, Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol, Real Sociedad and Real Zaragoza – have been successful in their appeal against the strike threatening to disrupt La Liga.

The central issue to the stoppage is the obligatory transmission of a live free-to-air game on television each weekend, with the majority of clubs wanting to come into line with other European leagues and show the game on pay-per-view or satellite TV. However, the dispute has once again brought into the open the distribution of television money among clubs.

According to figures released by Futebol Finance, Mediapro – owners of the TV rights to broadcast La Liga games – shared £450m among the 20 La Primera clubs in 2010. Despite the Spanish league consistently being touted as the best in the world this sum lags well behind the Premier League, Serie A and Ligue 1, with clubs in England benefiting to the tune of £1.025m, those in Italy £790m and France £580m. Only the £360m received by Bundesliga clubs is less than their Spanish counterparts in the major European leagues.

However, the division of money is a matter about which the majority of clubs are far from happy. Last year Real Madrid and Barcelona picked up £105m each, while Atl

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