Ask any casual soccer fan which they think the best team in La Liga is and odds are you’ll get one of two answers: Real Madrid or Barcelona. The picture above is a big reason why.
The two Spanish behemoths hog over 46 percent of the entire league’s revenue from television deals. Surprisingly, despite earning just a shade under 7 percent of the pie, Atletico Madrid sits in second place between the two opulent clubs this season. At least for now.
Valencia, also earning just under 7 percent, sits in the middle of the table, while every other club gets a relative pittance and spends the majority of its domestic season battling it out for relative mediocrity.
Now, ask the same question from before (which is the best team?) and replace the league with England’s top tier. You’re likely to get a variety of answers.
A look at the Premier League’s revenue breakdown could shed some light on why that’s the case. With each club earning a more equitable share of the television deals, it’s easy to see why the English league is regarded as a far more balanced competition.