Let’s recap what was a hellish week for Spain.
1. Barcelona’s 11-man dream team passes too much and loses to Chelsea’s 10-man bunker.
2. Real Madrid can’t make penalty kicks.
3. Pep decides to spend more time with his kids (ie. stop coaching).
4. Spanish TV stations announce they may not be able to afford broadcasting games.
Wait, what? The reigning World Champions might stop broadcasting futbol.
Spain is already struggling with keeping its best talent in Spain with rumored departures flying in – and it doesn’t help when Valencia can’t get a loan and pays its players late. And if they can’t make money on the TV rights, they are doomed.
According to Businessweek
“A 15-year-old Spanish law requires that one major game a week be shown free on broadcast TV; the rest go to cable and satellite pay-TV operators. That scarcity of sports programming for conventional broadcasters has helped push up the prices they must pay to air that one weekly match, which can be a huge ratings draw.”
So for a country that generates $792 million annually in TV revenue, the prospect of losing even more of an audience can’t be good.
If Spain is struggling, NBC must be suffering a blood-bath (they broadcast MLS games – for free).