Is BPL greater than LA LIGA

In many other European leagues, the relationship is more balanced. This is especially true of the league that generates the highest TV money: England's Premier League. In the completed 2018/19 season, it paid out almost 2.6 billion euros to the 20 clubs. Liverpool as the best earner came to the equivalent of 162.2 million euros, Huddersfield Town as the worst at 100.8. That is a spread of just 1.6: 1.

Remarkably, in England it was customary to divide half of national as well as all international TV revenues absolutely evenly among all clubs. With the season just coming to an end, in which, thanks to new record contracts in international revenues, the total pot rose by another eight percent, the key will be modified. But also in the future the ratio may be a maximum of 1.8: 1.

In Spain, the country with the second highest TV revenues, there has only been central marketing since 2016. Before that, the distribution in favor of the major clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona was exorbitant. Meanwhile, the spread between the top clubs and the last is 3.7: 1, i.e. at a similar level as in Germany. In 2018/19 that meant € 166.5 million for Barça and € 44.2 million for bottom line Huesca. However, the distribution is different than in Germany: The gap between the midfield teams and the top is greater, as is the gap between them and the second division. Since this season, the Spaniards can also calculate with a much larger pot (two instead of the previous 1.4 billion euros), but the ratios have not changed.

TV earnings in an international comparison

A comparison with England and Spain shows that media revenues are distributed very differently within the top international leagues. The tables below show the income from national and international marketing in the last completed season. England and Spain publish the specific figures shortly after the end of the season. The Bundesliga figures are approximate. The DFL does not publish the specific payments for the clubs. In addition, the Corona crisis is also having an impact on media revenues, which is why the numbers of all clubs will decrease slightly compared to the original plans (all figures in million euros).

Premier League England 2018/19

1. Liverpool FC 162.2

2. Manchester City 160.6

3. Chelsea FC 155.2

4. Tottenham Hotspur 154.3

5. Manchester United 151.3

6. Arsenal FC 151.0

7. Everton FC 136.0

8. Wolverhampton 134.4

9. Leicester City 130.2

10. West Ham United 129.3

11. Newcastle United 126.7

12. Crystal Palace 120.2

13. Watford FC 118.8

14. Bournemouth AFC 113.5

15. Burnley 112.6

16. Brighton & Hove 110.9

17. Southampton 109.3

18. Cardiff City 107.5

19. Fulham FC 106.6

20. Huddersfield Town 100.8

La Liga Spain 2018/19

1. FC Barcelona * 166.5

2. Real Madrid 155.3

3. Atlético Madrid 119.2

4. Sevilla FC 80.1

5. Valencia 78.7

6. Athletic Bilbao 74.8

7. Villarreal CF 74.3

8. Betis Seville 62.3

9. Real San Sebastian 59.1

10. Espanyol Barcelona 58.3

11. Celta Vigo 55.7

12. SD Eibar 50.8

13. Getafe CF 50.5

14th Deportivo Alavés 49.9

15. Levante UD 49.5

16. Girona FC 48.6

17. Real Valladolid 47.6

18. CD Leganés 47.6

19. Rayo Vallecano 47.4

20. SD Huesca 44.2

* all clubs have to give up seven percent of their income each for solidarity purposes

Bundesliga 2019/2020

1. FC Bayern Munich 113.0

2. Borussia Dortmund 99.0

3. Bayer Leverkusen 91.0

4. FC Schalke 04 87.0

5. Borussia Mönchengladbach 78.0

6. RB Leipzig 71.0

7. Eintracht Frankfurt 70.0

8. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 69.0

9. VfL Wolfsburg 67.0

10. Hertha BSC 62.0

11. Werder Bremen 57.5

12. FSV Mainz 05 55.5

13. FC Augsburg 50.0

14th SC Freiburg 47.0

15. 1. FC Cologne 44.5

16. Fortuna Düsseldorf 36.0

17. Union Berlin 33.0

18th SC Paderborn 29.5

Since the last election of the DFL Presidium, the chances of a different distribution have increased

In principle, the criteria on which the money is distributed are of interest. Because while performance parameters count almost exclusively in Germany, other aspects also play a role in the other major leagues. In the Premier League, 25 percent of national income is distributed as facility fees. These are calculated based on the number of games a club has broadcast live in England (according to the TV contract, only a good half of all 380 season games in the league are live there). In Spain, the number of ticket sales and audience ratings decide over a quarter of the money to be distributed. In Italy, one fifth of the total revenue of around 1.3 billion euros is distributed based on the number of fans. The Bundesliga rejected such criteria in the most recent decision on the key - they are too difficult to measure and compare.

The current debates in German football must be viewed against this background. Many of the 36 professional clubs are eager to speak, but formally responsible is the Presidium, in which two DFL and seven club representatives sit. This obviously wants to deal very fundamentally with the distribution. According to SZ information, it was already an issue to examine the previous separation between national and international income. And since the last election of the DFL Presidium, the chances of a different distribution have increased because there are now relatively many representatives of small and medium-sized clubs on the committee. However, not all small and medium-sized clubs necessarily have the same interests.

Those who like it radical can even add a third source of income to the discussion: the European Cup. In the German market, Uefa currently generates around 200 million euros in TV money per year. Most of the money in the Champions and Europa League is distributed through win and entry bonuses, but there is also a "market pool" that is fed from the TV revenues. Around 60 million euros of this will go exclusively to the German European Cup starters. Two decades ago it was still common for Bundesliga clubs who played internationally to pay a kind of levy to the other clubs from the television money from the European Cup.