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Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

Liverpool wants bigger TV share


London — Liverpool says it wants the Premier League's top clubs to be allowed to emulate Spanish sides Barcelona and Real Madrid by selling their own overseas television rights.

England's 20 topflight clubs equally share the £1.4 billion ($2.2 billion) rights fee that foreign broadcasters are paying under a three-year deal.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says it is unfair that high-profile clubs with a global appeal are part of a collective deal.

Ayre says Liverpool "definitely feel there has to be some rebalance because what we are actually doing is disadvantaging ourselves against other big European clubs."

Most English clubs support the status quo because their revenue would drop if there was a change.

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