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06:52 AM ET 05.14 | Inter general manager Ernesto Paolillo has threatened a transfer boycott of the small clubs in Serie A in a row over how TV money is divided. Inter, along with AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Napoli lost a vote of how money from pay-per-view would be split between the 20 Serie A clubs. The bigger teams in Italy believe they should receive a bigger percentage of TV money due to their larger fanbase.

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May 14, 2011  08:06 AM ET

Two in one day? And on a Saturday?? And before 7 AM??? What is going on.....

May 14, 2011  09:08 AM ET

QQ

May 14, 2011  10:19 AM ET

I love to see socialism in sports leagues.

I think this type of thing can make a league more competitive by sharing funds evenly as well as providing a bigger incentive for the smaller clubs from the lower divisions to spend money on their team to get them into the higher divisions.

It also has teams fighting to stay up more. More money to the little guys is better for the league, but probably going to cause problems for European competitions.

May 14, 2011  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I love to see socialism in sports leagues.I think this type of thing can make a league more competitive by sharing funds evenly as well as providing a bigger incentive for the smaller clubs from the lower divisions to spend money on their team to get them into the higher divisions.It also has teams fighting to stay up more. More money to the little guys is better for the league, but probably going to cause problems for European competitions.

You sure it would be a problem?? I think it takes care of two birds with one stone. It forces clubs to not get TOO crazy with their transfer policies especially if real parity develops in domestic leagues and ultimately European qualification.

You referring to revenue sharing correct? I know there's at least some over on this side of the water (I'm looking at you MLB) that wishes they could share like they do in Spain and subsequently only 4 or 5 teams that are able to win a WS every year.

May 14, 2011  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You sure it would be a problem?? I think it takes care of two birds with one stone. It forces clubs to not get TOO crazy with their transfer policies especially if real parity develops in domestic leagues and ultimately European qualification. You referring to revenue sharing correct? I know there's at least some over on this side of the water (I'm looking at you MLB) that wishes they could share like they do in Spain and subsequently only 4 or 5 teams that are able to win a WS every year.

Where it hurts the big teams out of Italy is that they now are down revenue (since they are used to taking most of the TV payouts), which means they have less money to spend on the team. This is spread even in Italy, so it doesn't necessarily set them back against anyone else in the league, but in Europe- they now are at a disadvantage with other teams who they compete against for the UEFA Champions League who don't have to worry about declining TV revenue.

May 14, 2011  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Where it hurts the big teams out of Italy is that they now are down revenue (since they are used to taking most of the TV payouts), which means they have less money to spend on the team. This is spread even in Italy, so it doesn't necessarily set them back against anyone else in the league, but in Europe- they now are at a disadvantage with other teams who they compete against for the UEFA Champions League who don't have to worry about declining TV revenue.

isn't this why they broke away and created their own Premier League structure? They can't have it both ways.

May 14, 2011  01:10 PM ET

I love that big teams in Italy and Spain think they would continue to exist without their domestic leagues. They need to realize that it's in their best interests to have a competitive domestic league.

May 14, 2011  01:44 PM ET

Damn, almost 11 am on the Best Coast and no sighting of Pootie and no mention of United officially becoming Champions and no mention of Merc City ending their 36-year trophy drought? What the hell is wrong with you guys???

May 14, 2011  02:00 PM ET
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I love that big teams in Italy and Spain think they would continue to exist without their domestic leagues. They need to realize that it's in their best interests to have a competitive domestic league.

It's about poor management more so than lack of revenue. Valencia was on the verge of bankruptcy despite being a regular top 3 league side with regular CL play. You could increase their revenue by an additional 15% per year and they'd still find a way to blow it.

May 14, 2011  02:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Damn, almost 11 am on the Best Coast and no sighting of Pootie and no mention of United officially becoming Champions and no mention of Merc City ending their 36-year trophy drought? What the hell is wrong with you guys???

Sorry, actually had a busy morning. Congrats on #19. Gotta feel good considering Chelski was unofficially crowned back in Oct...

May 14, 2011  02:05 PM ET

Not sure if anyone caught the Dortmund match this morning, but three thoughts:

#1--Herr Bayern was correct, the 11-12 Dortmund shirts are attrocious
#2--BvB's 1st goal was absolutely brilliant. Backheel halfway across the box and the shot against the grain. Don't remember either who set it up or who finished, but damn was I impresed.
#3--Goetze is the real deal.

May 14, 2011  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Damn, almost 11 am on the Best Coast and no sighting of Pootie and no mention of United officially becoming Champions and no mention of Merc City ending their 36-year trophy drought? What the hell is wrong with you guys???

My words on #19 are on FB.

May 14, 2011  02:19 PM ET

Sadly, it looks like the Valdano v. Mou feud continues out of the public eye as it's now widely rumored that Jorge will step down at the end of the season to be replaced by another club legend Hierro.

May 14, 2011  02:22 PM ET

I'm going with Seattle 2 - Portlan 0 tonight.

I'm hoping for 0 violence.

May 14, 2011  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

My words on #19 are on FB.


UNITED.

May 14, 2011  02:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Sadly, it looks like the Valdano v. Mou feud continues out of the public eye as it's now widely rumored that Jorge will step down at the end of the season to be replaced by another club legend Hierro.

+1

May 14, 2011  02:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I'm going with Seattle 2 - Portlan 0 tonight.I'm hoping for 0 violence.

Pootie's MLS Quinella

Toronto 1-1 Chicago
DCU 2-1 Colorado
NWE 1-0 Vancouver
Dal 1-2 Philly
RSL 2-2 Hou
LAG 3-1 KC
SJ 2-2 Clb
Sea 2-1 Port

May 14, 2011  02:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

+1

I knew what we signed up for with Mou when we brought him in, and I was willing to take it if he brought success. Now CdR isn't La Liga, and it sure isn't La Decima, but I can't say that the first year has been a total failure. They're definitely a more cohesive and competitive squad. That being said, Valdano is class, and seeing him on the verge of leaving is terribly disappointing. This puts even more pressure on Mou to win, and if you don't see results next year (a La Liga title and at least making the CL final even if they don't win), you'll see a change the following year. My early predictions (although always subject to change):

Ancelotti 5:2
Michel 3:1
Capello (that's right) 5:1

May 14, 2011  03:02 PM ET

Oh, and I stand by my assertion made 2 years ago that Ricky Rubio = Fraud

His stats in Euro League this year:

6.5 ppg
3.5 apg
3.3 rpg

Not exactly Maravich-esque...

 
May 14, 2011  05:49 PM ET

I think it's going to be a competitive match tonight for the first hour but Sounders are so much better in the midfield and defense. Call it 2-0.

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