Barcelona edge Real Madrid on TV income

Source:Reuters Published: 2018/1/3 22:48:40

La Liga leaders Barcelona received a record 146.2 million euros ($175.6 million) last season from television rights, figures from La Liga show, earning 7 million euros more than champions Real Madrid.

The 20 clubs in Spain's top flight took in 1.247 billion ­euros, rising from 1.237 billion from the previous year, with Barca earning an extra 6.2 million than the year before.

The income is distributed according to results in the last five years, explaining why Barca, champions in 2013, 2015 and 2016, earned more than Real, who won the title last season for the first time since 2012.

Real earned the second-biggest amount, 140 million euros, Atletico Madrid picked up the third largest share, 99 million, while Athletic Bilbao took the fourth-largest sum, 71 million.

Leganes, who in 2016 were promoted to the top flight for the first time ever, earned the smallest amount of all the teams, pocketing 39.3 million.

Last season was the second campaign in which La Liga sold its television rights collectively following a change in the Spanish law in 2015. Under the previous system, based on clubs negotiating their deals individually, the league earned a total 851 million euros from television rights.

The league is currently negotiating its next television deal, coming into effect from the 2019-20 season, which La Liga President Javier Tebas says could be worth 2.3 billion.

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