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Friday, July 12, 2024

DFL Seeking Up to $3.25B for Bundesliga TV Rights

  • The DFL has created a framework for a stake sale in its television rights.
  • The league is reportedly looking to generate around $2.7 billion to $3.25 billion from the sale.
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The DFL has created a framework for a stake sale in its television rights — and, according to multiple reports, is looking to generate around $2.7 billion to $3.25 billion.

The governing body of Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga reportedly wants to offload a 12-15% stake in a new licensing company that will sell domestic and international broadcasting rights over a set time of 25-30 years. 

  • Investors will have no influence on the clubs or league schedule.
  • The DFL issued a press release stating that the top two divisions need investment to guarantee growth and development.
  • The Bundesliga currently earns around $1.2 billion annually from national rights — significantly lower than the $1.9 billion the English Premier League earns.

The framework would still allow the DFL to follow the so-called 50+1 rule, which requires parent clubs to own at least 50% plus one additional share of the football company. 

The plan is set to be presented to the DFL board this week and will be voted on by members of the 36 Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs once approved.

Sixth Stake

Sixth Street is set to become a sixth potential bidder, according to the Financial Times, which also reported that Bundesliga is looking to sell a 25% stake in the new venture for around $4.8 billion, valuing the rights at roughly $19.3 billion.

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