Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre has made the headlines this week, claiming that the Merseyside club should be given more money from television rights, pointing to the example of Barcelona and Real Madrid who sell their own rights.
However, it doesn’t appear that there are too many Premier League clubs who are currently looking to do the same, with the vast majority of boards satisfied with the collective selling of rights for the English top flight.
It appears that Manchester United and Manchester City are both against the notion of individual selling of rights, with United chief executive David Gill having earlier this year stated: “The collective selling of the television rights has clearly been a success and it has made things more competitive.”
Meanwhile, there are other Premier League chiefs who have spoken out since Ayre made the comments, including Wigan chairman Dave Whelan who told goal.com: “I have just read his [Ayre's] comments and I find them diabolical – I just can’t believe what he has been saying.
“They are thinking ‘how can we get more money?’ You won’t get more money by killing the heart and soul of the Premier League and killing the heart and soul of football in England.
“We invented the game and we have still got the finest league in the whole world and some of the finest supporters in the whole world and they want to rip the whole thing up”.