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Court dismisses Real Madrid, Athletic Club's lawsuit against LaLiga's CVC deal

Posted : 28 February 2024

Real Madrid and Athletic Club's lawsuit challenging the legality of LaLiga's CVC investment deal has been dismissed by a court. The "Boost LaLiga" project, signed in December 2021, involved LaLiga and its clubs receiving nearly €2 billion from CVC in exchange for an 8.2% share of the league's broadcasting and sponsorship income for the next 50 years.


Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic, who were initially opposed to the agreement, were subsequently excluded from its terms and sued LaLiga, arguing it was illegal and violated clubs' rights. However, the court ruled in favor of LaLiga, confirming the legality of the CVC agreement and asserting that it complies with legal and statutory frameworks.


In a statement, LaLiga declared the court's ruling upheld the legality of the CVC agreement, emphasizing compliance with statutes and regulations governing audiovisual and economic rights of sports organizations. The court concluded that the transaction with CVC did not infringe on the rights of participating LaLiga clubs and was conducted within the established legal framework. It acknowledged LaLiga's autonomy in managing commercial and audiovisual rights, allowing beneficial financial and commercial operations while adhering to applicable laws.


The CVC deal, announced in August 2021 and approved by the league's general assembly four months later, allocated the majority of the €1.994 billion for infrastructure, technology, internationalization, with percentages earmarked for transfers and debt reduction. While three-quarters of the sum have been received, the remainder is expected by the end of 2024. Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic contended that the deal caused irreparable damage to Spanish football and proposed an alternative investment package.


The court's decision deepens the longstanding disagreements between LaLiga and Real Madrid over TV rights management, with the club often resorting to legal actions against the league. In November 2023, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez expressed concerns about LaLiga "attacking the club's financial wealth" and vowed to take measures to protect the club and its members.


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