Spanish league focuses on growing abroad to stay competitive

MADRID (AP) — As Spanish league president Javier Tebas sees it, increasing internationally is the single procedure to dwell competitive.

And following the model of the American sports industry can aid that happen, so taking part in a exceptional-season match within the usa will remain a extremely well-known section of the league’s procedure to develop globally.

Tebas tried to play a match attain Miami this season, but the strive failed attributable to the league couldn’t salvage the approval from the Spanish soccer federation and from assorted stakeholders. The game between Girona and Barcelona, which used to be speculated to expend advise last weekend, ended up being performed in Catalonia as before all the pieces scheduled.

“With the full controversy that used to be created, I understanding we were attempting to play the full league suits within the usa,” Tebas mentioned Wednesday in an tournament organized by Europa Press. “We are talking about one match in a complete of 380. It’s very well-known for us so to play this match within the usa.”

The game might presumably per chance per chance be section of the league’s 15-twelve months agreement with sports and leisure community Relevent to promote its stamp within the Americas.

The Spanish federation used to be in opposition to the premise thanks to concerns that the in a foreign country sport would no longer follow Spanish and global rules and TV broadcast contracts, and attributable to it might presumably per chance per chance damage the assorted 18 league golf equipment. Spain’s players’ affiliation mentioned the long day shuttle across the Atlantic throughout the season would damage the players’ pursuits.

“Some 20 days within the past they performed an NBA sport in London,” Tebas mentioned, defending his mission. “Can we’re searching out for to envision ourselves to the American sports industry or no longer? We might presumably per chance also nonetheless are trying, while retaining our peculiarities.”

Tebas has continuously illustrious that American sports leagues equivalent to the NBA, NHL and the NFL had been taking part in exceptional-season video games in a foreign country to aid magnify their producers.

“This sport is now not any longer only about the 90 minutes, it’s about all the pieces that comes along with it, about how distinguished other folks will talk about it,” Tebas mentioned. “If the NBA brings an legit sport to Spain, it creates a reference to the full basketball followers right here. If we invent the a connected within the usa, the full soccer followers there’ll observe our league distinguished more carefully.”

With out a longer hundreds of room to develop within the community, Tebas mentioned there is now not one of these thing as a assorted different for the league than to kind out thriving open air of Spain.

“What is serious for us is the global market,” Tebas mentioned. “I continuously shriek the golf equipment that we have got to arrangement a decision about what we desire. If we desire our soccer to dwell a reference internationally, then we’ve got to know where we’ve got to skedaddle. And we’ve got to aid rising.”

Tebas mentioned it has been refined to compete with a league fancy the Premier League attributable to it will assassinate more from tv rights attributable to England’s distinguished bigger market in comparison to Spain’s.

“In the global market, we’re all equals,” he mentioned. “That’s where we’ve got to kind out.”

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