Bayern chairman denounced for losing interest “in an attractive Bundesliga"

The German football league body are set to announce whether they'll stick with their TV distribution model or move to something similar to the Premier League.

10:36am on Monday 7th December 2020
Stefan Bienkowski

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been accused of losing interest “in an attractive Bundesliga” by a leading member of a task force set up by the German league body to assess a fairer way of distributing TV revenue among Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga clubs.

The current distribution system for Bundesliga TV revenue means that the club that finishes 18th in the German top flight only receives half as much as the team that finishes first.

On Monday the German league body (DFL) will announce their new distribution model for the next four years.

However, Cem Ozdemir has criticised the Bayern boss for showing little interest in redistributing the wealth created from German football in a fairer manner.

"Several clubs have made a proposal for a reallocation of the television money. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's violent reaction to this means in my eyes that he has lost interest in an attractive Bundesliga," said the 54-year-old in an interview with kicker. "I find that regrettable."

The accusation comes after a paper on the redistribution of TV money was proposed by Arminia Bielefeld, Mainz 05 and Stuttgart, along with the support of Augsburg, back in October.

Yet at a meeting for the 18 Bundesliga clubs, along with 2.Bundesliga side Hamburg, to discuss the matter, Rummenigge didn’t even bother to show up.

"Nobody has called for the introduction of socialism in football,” added Ozdemir. “But that the first-placed club in the future will receive a maximum of double the 18th-placed club. And the money from the Champions League is not included.

“In the Premier League, where the most money is made from TV by the way, the relationship is already much more balanced today.

“And:the strengthening of the youth work, for example, also benefits the Bavarians when I think of how often people in Munich have benefited from good training in Stuttgart, for example."

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