Players’ strike over TV rights could delay the exciting finish of the La Liga season.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) claimed that there will be no competitive football in Spain after the May 16, gambling news report. This means that two last two rounds of the league season and the final of the Copa del Rey will be delayed indefinitely because of a dispute over the goverment’s new plan about TV rights revenue distribution.
The new regulation would spread the revenues generated by TV rights more equitably between the clubs of Spanish football’s top two divisions. The players’ union disagrees with the ruling as it does not incorporate players’ shares, while the RFEF sees that the government will reduce its powers. The players and the federation opted to suspend every footballing activity after May 16.
Atleti v Barca affected by the decision
The race for the spanish league title is very tight as Barcelona leads Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table. Barca is scheduled to play at Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid in the penultimate round in a game that could heavily influence the outcome of the competition according to online sportsbooks.
Twelve months ago Atleti played a 1-1 draw in the last round of the season against Barcelona, which meant that the Madrid team captured its first league title in nineteen years, mobile betting news reported then. Their upcoming meeting would be similarly important, though Atleti is racing for third place this year and their city rival Real would benefit from their success.