German football league says no agreement on final TV payout

The German Football League (DFL) says it has not reached agreement with broadcaster Sky over the fourth and final payment to Bundesliga clubs for television rights this season.

“The DFL is in talks with all media parters,” the league tweeted on Friday. “With Sky there is no contractual agreement yet.”

A report in the Bild newspaper said the DFL and Sky had agreed a deal on the final payment. Public broadcasters ARD and ZDF would also make their next payment, the report said, despite the Bundesliga being suspended to at least April 30 amid the coronavirus crisis.

According to Bild, the last payment from Sky for this season should have been made on April 10. Kicker magazine, however, reported the 304 million euros (329.2 million dollars) due to the league had not been transferred.

A new payment date of May 2 had reportedly been agreed – without the money, Kicker said some 13 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions, including four from the Bundesliga, would be threatened with bankruptcy in May or June.

The DFL will hold a meeting next Thursday to discuss if, how and when the Bundesliga can resume. There is hope professional football seasons can conclude behind closed doors before June 30 despite the federal government and states agreeing a ban on major events until at least the end of August.

At stake is up to 750 million euros for the top two divisions including television, sponsorship and gate money.

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