Wednesday, 10 October 2007

TV deal reunites Lega

The Lega Calcio meeting in Milan today has resulted in Serie A and B clubs reuniting due to the possibility of TV rights profits increasing to £500m.

It’s been less than a month since Second Division clubs threatened to go on strike if the pay-per-view television contract was not finalised, but they now look set to work together with their top-flight counterparts.

"The Lega family is reunited and we are now working together," said Lega Calcio President Antonio Matarrese. "Our main target is to get the most out of the product that we are selling.

"We will have to solve several problems concerning the stadiums, while we are also planning to hire an international advisor."

Torino President Urbano Cairo believes that all the clubs should be sharing the TV profits equally. "We need to protect Serie B and to transform Serie A into a more competitive League with at least seven or eight teams able to win the title," he said.

"That is why the budget coming from the television deal must be equally divided."

Parma owner Tommaso Ghirardi also hopes that his fellow top-flight clubs will help out the Cadetti. "Today we discussed several important issues," he revealed.

"We have to try and get as much as possible from the TV rights, so that we can all share a bit more. Serie B is in crisis and we should make an effort to help it out."

Source: C4 Football Italia / Lega Calcio

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