After value drop in Bundesliga's domestic rights deal: Mainz and Werder Bremen call for more equal distribution of TV money

23 June 2020

Photo: PA Images "This new development should also be an occasion to discuss fairer distribution of media revenues in the spirit of competition in the Bundesliga," said commercial director of Mainz, Jan Lehmann.

Smaller clubs are hit comparably harder than bigger when the value of rights deals falls, according to Mainz' commercial director.

However, Dortmund's chief executive believes weakening bigger clubs would weaken the driving force of the league.

Emil Gjerding Nielson

The Bundesliga should adopt a more equal distribution of TV money, according to the commercial director of Mainz, Jan Lehmann.

His comments come after Sky Deutschland and DAZN on Monday were awarded the domestic live rights to the Bundesliga from the 2021/22 season to 2024/25 in a deal worth €200 million less than the current €4.64 billion contract.

Accordingly, the decline in value will hit "those smaller clubs that, like us, are more dependent on media revenues than on other revenues," Lehmann told German magazine Kicker.

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