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Spanish Football Clubs Finances: Crisis and Player Salaries

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  • Ángel Barajas

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    (University of Vigo, Observatorio Económico del Deporte)

  • Plácido Rodríguez

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    (Oviedo University, Observatorio Económico del Deporte)

Abstract

This paper shows the current financial situation of Spanish professional football. Different financial ratios are used in order to classify the financial position of the different teams. The study has been split between clubs in First or Second division. We also analyze the relationships between the size of market, team payrolls, and team performance. We demonstrate the financial problems created by the arms race that clubs have started for getting the most talented players for trying to get the best possible sporting outcome. The new Spanish Law for companies in financial distress has implied that nine clubs are technically insolvent and under administration. We have searched for possible explanations of that situation. Nevertheless, our financial variables do not explain the likelihood that a club goes into administration.

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Article provided by Fitness Information Technology in its journal International Journal of Sport Finance.

Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 52-66

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Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:5:y:2010:i:1:p:52-66

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Keywords: finance; player salaries; performance; financial distress; soccer; under administration;

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  1. Wladimir Andreff, 2014. "Building Blocks for a Disequilibrium Model of a European Team Sports League," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00971782, HAL.
  2. Stefano Vecchione & Francesco Addesa, 2012. "Il Regime Fiscale Dei Calciatori: Un’Analisi Economica Comparata," Rivista di Diritto ed Economia dello Sport, Centro di diritto e business dello Sport, vol. 8(3), pages 49-71, dicembre.

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