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Income from football broadcasting rights has doubled over the past two years and now represents more than 50% of annual invoicing for most professional clubs.

la liga 17 05 may 2017The figures, revealed in a report from La Liga and Palco23, forecast that the 2016/2017 season will generate €1.3 billion for the 20 clubs playing in La Liga’s first division. In comparison, the 2014/2015 season - the last one in which each club had the power to negotiate independent agreements - saw €687 million in TV rights.

According to the report, Spanish broadcasters have paid €983 million this season, while €540 million will have been invoiced through international rights management. €1.3 billion will be shared among clubs, with the rest going to Mediapro (as international manager), La Liga and the football federation, though the exact amounts have not been disclosed.

Only Spain’s largest clubs - Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid – don’t have TV rights as their largest source of income.

The average commercial income for the rest of the clubs is €6 million, with €4 million invoiced through memberships. Average TV rights’ revenue is around €50 million per club.

“In order to compete with the rest of sports properties worldwide, we have to continue growing in digitalisation and global communication,” said Javier Tebas, president of La Liga. “In two years, we’ll be able to say that La Liga’s finances are settled.”