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More TV money for small clubs? Watzke is against

For BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, redistributing the money from the new TV contract from the Bundesliga season 2021/22 would be the wrong way.

“I think the status quo is right. If you try to weaken the drag horses of the league, you weaken the whole league,”the 61-year-old told the newspapers of the radio media group.

For the four games between 2021/22 and 2024/25 the 36 clubs of the Bundesliga and the 2. The DFL announced on Monday that the league would average 1,1 billion euros per season (4,4 billion total). For the current cycle, the DFL had reached 1,16 billion euros (4,64 billion total) more than four years ago. Due to the Corona pandemic, no new record result was achieved.

How the auction proceeds are distributed, the DFL Bureau decides on Christian Seifert. Since the nine-headed body is now dominated by representatives of the medium-sized and small associations, there may be a redistribution.

The main criterion is success

The previous struggle for money was fiercely waged. In the end, in November 2016, the Presidency agreed on a complex structure. The main criterion is success, the five-year evaluation is 70 per cent. At the time, this did not suit the traditional associations in particular.

“The debate about the distribution of money is at least as intense as the one about the auction. I wish to have a discussion with decency, vision and solidarity,”Seifert said on Monday.

Fortuna and FSV contradict Watzke

Fortuna Dusseldorf and FSV Mainz had previously advocated a redistribution of TV money.”We have been talking about this for years, that the scissors between the clubs continue to fall apart, but we do nothing about it. The crisis has provided us with the mirror, and so it is precisely now that we need to change something. We do not need a distribution of money that cements the current conditions,”said Fortuna boss Thomas Rottergermann.

“There must be no more “Keep it up” or else the Bundesliga, as we all love it, will soon cease to exist. The financial situation of small clubs will continue to deteriorate and the Superleague as a crisis winner will become a bitter reality if we do not act,”explained Rotgermann.

The FSV Mainz 05 has also encouraged a different distribution of television money. The expected decline in TV money hits “especially those smaller clubs that, like us, are more dependent on the media ransom than on other revenues,” said Jan Lehmann, the commercial board of the Rhineland. In this respect, this new development should also be an occasion to discuss, in the spirit of competition in the Bundesliga, the fairer distribution of media solutions.”