Spanish league wants tax cut to help ticket sales

MADRID - Spain’s professional football league (LFP) has called on the government to cut sales tax on match tickets to help the sport during a time of economic hardship.



By (Reuters)

Published: Tue 23 Feb 2010, 6:44 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:06 AM

The same value-added tax (VAT) rate of 7 percent levied on tickets for theatres, cinemas and amusement parks should be applied to stadium ticket sales and season subscriptions instead of the current 16 percent, LFP president Jose Luis Astiazaran said.

‘It is not our intention to bleed money from state coffers but it must be acknowledged that the future of Spanish football could be at risk if we do not take the necessary steps,’ Astiazaran told a conference in Madrid on Monday night.

‘It (the tax reduction) would be a welcome measure which would contribute to promoting sports as well as satisfying the requirements of fiscal equality and neutrality,’ he added. ‘Let’s find ways that help in this crisis situation.’

The LFP’s demand is unlikely to find much sympathy with Spain’s Socialist government at a time when unemployment has doubled to close to 20 percent and the fiscal deficit swelled to 11.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year.

Astiazaran said the television rights system used in La Liga, under which Real Madrid and Barcelona account for around half of the revenue, needed to be changed.

Clubs in other European leagues such as the English Premier League negotiate television deals collectively and Astiazaran said the Spanish system should be more centralised.

‘All our neighbouring countries and leagues have a centralised (TV) marketing system, where the distribution of the income from the exploitation of those rights is determined by law,’ Astiazaran said.

Barca president Joan Laporta told Reuters in an interview last week the European champions would be unwilling to accept a system of sharing television revenue as it would weaken their ability to compete with European rivals.


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