La Liga is also preparing to deal with the ban on sponsorships for gambling. The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, communicated the term of the current contracts to 24 First and Second Division companies: as of August 30, 2021, it will no longer be possible to maintain agreements with betting agencies or other activities related to the world of the bets. In fact, this season is the last in which these alliances will be allowed, which in Spanish football have a significant weight in terms of shirt sponsors. A decision that follows the one already adopted by the Italian government as a result of the Decree of Dignity.

Seven La Liga clubs have a betting company as the main sponsor: Betway has signed an agreement with Alavés, Levante and Betis, Bwin is a sponsor of Valencia, Marathonbet of Seville, Winamax of Granada and Dafabet of Cádiz. In the Second Division, however, Girona has an agreement with Marathonbet and Leganés with Betway. This, however, excludes the various association agreements that do not concern sponsorship of the jersey. Because otherwise, the agreements signed by Barcelona (with 1XBet) and Real Madrid (with Codere and Kok Sports) should also be taken into account, but at the moment it does not seem that they should fall within the limitations imposed by the Spanish government.

La Liga estimates the expected negative impact if the Royal Decree that will prohibit sponsorships by betting companies is approved at around 90 million euros. “It is true that the world of gambling is a wild world and that it must be regulated – declared Javier Tebas, president of La Liga – but not prohibited. There is demagoguery and contradiction”. The League itself, among its sponsors, has a company in the betting sector such as Sportium. “We are already the country that treats soccer players the worst in terms of taxes,” Tebas concludes, “Cristiano Ronaldo pays 25 percent of what he earns in Italy and 100,000 euros of what he earns in the rest of the world.”

Published by Marco Perrotta

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