It looks like La Liga might have a little bit of a mess on their hands. And it’s all their own doing.
Last week, the Spanish league would announce that as part of a 15-year deal with Relevent — a sports and entertainment company — La Liga would stage one league game in the United States. However, the players that make up La Liga are very much against this. In fact, they are threatening to strike if the decision doesn’t change.
“The players are outraged, very surprised and are all against it. It’s unanimous,” Spanish Footballers’ Association President David Aganzo said via ESPN’s Adriana Garcia. “The players don’t want to play overseas. Things have to be done in a more coherent way and with common sense. A decision of this magnitude, that affects players, referees and fans, was taken unilaterally and is a lack of respect,” he continues.
Huh, it’s almost like communicating with your players on these matters would be beneficial. But communication doesn’t make money, does it? And let’s not pretend that this is about anything other than that for La Liga. That said, there’s every chance things could backfire on them. And rightfully so. Again, this isn’t hard to comprehend. Maybe they come to terms on an agreement if they go the players first! But now, the powers that be are stuck with this mess.
And Aganzo isn’t done there. Work stoppage is a possibility, and that’s something no domestic league wants to deal with.
“I have information that there are certain clubs that are in favour and others against this, but I represent the players,” he adds. “We need to sort this out with the union and we will tell them all of our problems. If from then on and after a few days they don’t answer, then we will have to solve the situation. … We are going to try to see that it doesn’t reach that extreme [of a strike]. But we are willing to go right to the last option if it is necessary.”
La Liga just got their domestic campaign underway over the weekend. We’ll see what comes from this.