Real Madrid are set to take legal action against La Liga over new broadcasting requirements.
La Liga implemented a series of new rules this summer to increase fans’ access to the game, which included several new features. The interviews between the pieces, the microphones that reveal the tactical conversations and the cameras in the dressing rooms.
The Spanish football elite has incentivized clubs with an amount of 130 million euros to give to teams based on the quality of coverage and the access they allow. However, Real Madrid went the opposite way in their opening game, showing some of these demands, with Carlo Ancelotti and the players not appearing for the media after the match.
Ancelotti was asked about having cameras in the dressing room on Friday and said ‘it doesn’t make sense, it’s a sacred place’. Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon said he was not comfortable with those rules, while Real Mallorca coach Javier Aguirre told the press that La Liga should prioritize things other than money.
Now, according to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are set to go to court with La Liga over these measures. Los Blancos risk losing up to 13 million euros from those deals, but have asked for a suspension of those demands. It is not yet clear on what basis.
It’s certainly an interesting debate. However, American leagues often see cameras in locker rooms, and clubs are increasingly filming documentaries with an inside look.