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Barcelona Sells 25% Stake in Media Arm for $102M

  • Selling a portion of Barca Studios will help the La Liga club alleviate its financial woes.
  • Barcelona reported $1.56 billion in debt in October 2021.
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FC Barcelona has struck a deal to sell a 24.5% stake in Barca Studios, the club’s media production arm, to blockchain-based fan engagement company Socios.com for $102 million. 

Selling a portion of Barca Studios will help the La Liga club — which reported $1.56 billion in debt in October 2021 — alleviate its financial woes and compete in the player transfer market. In June, Barcelona’s economic VP said the club needs $535 million to avoid financial devastation

  • Socios.com has deals with more than 150 sports organizations, including the NFL.
  • Barcelona and Socios.com will collaborate to build Barca Studios’ digital portfolio.
  • The deal will also allow Barcelona to “deliver new long-term revenue streams.” 

The pact with Socios.com follows Barcelona’s agreement in June with private equity firm Sixth Street to sell a 10% stake in its TV rights in a deal worth up to $278 million. 

Barcelona doubled down in July after securing a deal with Sixth Street to sell an additional 15% stake in its media rights for reportedly $327.5 million, bringing the firm’s total stake to 25%

Teamwork 

Barcelona’s deal with Socios.com stems from a pact between the club and its delegates. 

In June, delegates approved the cession of up to 25% of income from Barcelona’s TV rights for 25 years, as well as the sale of a minority share of its licensing and merchandising division.

Barcelona had estimated it could earn roughly $631 million for the deals.

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