BUENOS AIRES — With Argentina’s cable systems preparing to introduce tiered programming, soccer clubs are demanding a revision of TV contracts, so they can reap more pay-per-view coin.
In what is turning into a major rumpus, with club owners appealing to international football federation FIFA for help, monopoly rights holder Torneos y Competencias (TyC) is refusing to renegotiate contracts.
The clubs allege that existing contracts, which stretch well into the next century, do not cover PPV games, but TyC topper Carlos Avila refuses to budge.
Big clubs that have been getting $180,000 per Sunday match are now demanding $500,000, while smaller clubs, currently getting a flat $1.2 million per year, are now asking for $2 million.
TyC is 40%-owned by TCI Intl.; other partners are CEI, Spain’s Telefonica and Avila, with 20% each.