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Spanish minister steps into TV rights dispute
Reuters, August 13th, 2012 4:26PM

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A battle between broadcasters Mediapro and Canal+ over Spanish league TV rights has drawn Secretary of State for Sport Miguel Cardenal into the fray. "Miguel Cardenal ... will take part tomorrow [Tuesday] in the assembly of the professional football league (LFP)," his office said on their official Twitter feed.

Thirteen first division clubs have said they will postpone the season opening this weekend unless broadcasters Canal+ and Mediapro resolve their dispute. Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Real Betis, Celta Vigo, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Real Mallorca, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad, Sevilla and Real Zaragoza have also made several other demands, including for a "transparent and regulated" system for setting kickoff times.

LFP officials have been accused of arranging kickoff times that favor some clubs and put others at a disadvantage. The broadcasters also influence kickoff times, which can affect viewership.

Many Spanish clubs are also unhappy with the way Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate revenue from audio-visual rights because of their dominance in how rights are negotiated and monies distributed.

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