Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Europe Warning over TV Windfall

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Europe Warning over TV Windfall

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ENGLISH clubs should be wary of the "huge windfall" from BT Sport's new Champions League deal widening the gap between the biggest clubs and the rest of domestic football, a senior figure in European football has warned.

The Pounds 897m deal, running from 2015-18, should see English clubs' earnings from the Champions League increase by Pounds 15m to Pounds 20m a year. It will cover both the Champions League and Europa League, and is more than double the Pounds 400m currently paid by Sky and ITV.

Umberto Gandini, organising director of AC Milan and first vice- president of the European Clubs' Association, believes that the riches of the Champions League will now need to be spread more widely.

"This is great, great news for the Premier League clubs and if you add up the Premier League's domestic and overseas broadcasting contracts, the matchday revenues and commercial revenues then the business is looking very strong," he said.

"But what I see as a problem is because of the great advantage the Champions League gives you in the domestic leagues, you are hearing people say you need to enlarge participation in the Champions League. …

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