March 5, 2024

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After Club Brugge, AA Gent also challenges coronavirus settlement with TV rights holders |  Belgian football

After Club Brugge, AA Gent also challenges coronavirus settlement with TV rights holders | Belgian football

After Club Brugge, AA Gent are also challenging the Pro League’s coronavirus settlement with TV rights holders. They don’t agree on how much they have to cough up.

To provide proper context, we have to go back to the end of the 2019-2020 season. The Corona crisis ensures that our competition stops early. The final day of regular season and playoff competition will not be completed. A blow to the bill for TV rights holders Telenet, Proximus and VOO. They calculated their loss at about 16 to 20 million euros, taking into account the media contract that cost them 80 million euros annually.

The Professional League, the association of all professional clubs, reached a settlement with the rights holders. This was approved by the EFL’s general meeting, but Club Brugge and Gent will defend themselves legally against it. They pay the most of all the clubs, because as champion and vice-champion of that season they also received the most TV money.

However, they say, as European clubs they had already contributed significantly to the solidarity contribution in 2020. The club then gave up €1.6 million of its European income, AA Gent €800,000. Both clubs believe that these previous contributions should now be taken into account.

Club Brugge is competing for a Corona settlement with the TV rights holders