MADRID - The Spanish government was
confident on Tuesday the professional football league (LFP) would
see reason and pull back from its threat to postpone a round of
matches next month, the secretary of state for sport said.
The LFP, which represents first and second division clubs,
has been in talks with the government to scrap a rule that one
La Liga game per matchday be shown on free television, in time
for the start of the 2012/13 season.
"It isn't a strike, it's a lock out," Jaime Lissavetzky told
"In the end, I think through dialogue, common sense, and by
working together it can be overcome. With maximum respect for
the LFP and clubs I'm not going to say anything that may disrupt
"I'm always optimistic. When the players threatened a strike
there was an extraordinary effort by everyone (to avoid it)."
The clubs through the LFP have also had the backing of the
Spanish football federation (RFEF) as they seek to strengthen
their position in negotiations over audiovisual rights with
The league also wants guarantees about how much cash they
are entitled to receive from betting and lottery revenue.
On the weekend under threat, April 2/3, leaders Barcelona
are scheduled to visit Villarreal while second-placed Real
Madrid host Sporting Gijon.
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