Jose Maria Gay de Liebana, economics professor at the Universidad de Barcelona and Spain's leading football economist predicts Spanish football will kill itself within five years if current troubles don't change. He says that revenues aren't rising fast enough to match high costs and La Liga's television deals are poorly structured. He also believes too much importance is placed on attracting Chinese fans and suggests the radical change of forming an Iberian league with Portugal's three biggest clubs. Other than that, he thinks everything is just fine and dandy.
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"If things go on like this, Spanish football will kill itself," he said. "A year ago I predicted that La Liga had only ten seasons left, now I see that five more would be a lot." [...]
"La Liga's television rights are badly sold because they are shared between two operators, when in the rest of Europe negotiations are with one party," he said. "Also, in my opinion, the Chinese market is wrongly prioritised,