Tough decision on distribution of funds from TV rights could be disastrous for Bundesliga solidarity

26 November 2020

Photo: PA Images Dark clouds through pyrotechnics on the tribune of Eintracht Frankfurt fans when they played FSV Mainz 05 in May 2019.

On 7th December, the DFL board will submit a new proposal for the distribution of money from TV rights for the 36 Bundesliga clubs to vote on.

Today 70 per cent of the funds in the Bundesliga are distributed based on league positions for the past five years, whereas in the Premier League only 25 per cent of the TV money is distributed according to league performance.

A group of clubs led by FSV Mainz 05, Arminia Bielefeld and VfB Stuttgart have submitted a drastically different proposal for redistribution of the funds to increase the level of competition in the Bundesliga.

The controversial issue is threatening to crush the solidarity of the Bundesliga clubs and widen the gap between rich and poor.

Svend Bertil Frandsen

While the German Bundesliga may take heart from the fact it is being branded internationally as never before, it faces a mountain of challenges as 2021 approaches – quite apart from the coronavirus crisis.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert, who enjoys tremendous respect within the league, recently announced his departure, and the 50-1 rule is under increasing pressure.

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