Government may impose levy on Premier League’s TV money – minister
David Conn Article in the Guardian
The government could impose a levy on the Premier League’s broadcasting fortunes for distribution to football’s grassroots if the league does not share more money voluntarily, the minister for culture, media and sport has said.
John Whittingdale, setting out his department’s current priorities to the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee, said the Premier League needs to make more of its “vast amount of money” available to help local clubs which are struggling. he league’s 20 clubs, whose combined UK and international TV rights deals for 2016-19 are expected to exceed £8bn, do not distribute more of that “bonanza”.
Similar comments were made in June by the sports minister, Tracey Crouch, whose position is junior to Whittingdale’s in the department, when she said she was “genuinely appalled” by how little the Premier League distributes and that it should give “much more” to the grassroots.
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