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Brazilian clubs act over Corinthians and Flamengo’s dominance of TV revenues

A number of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A clubs are challenging the revenue distribution model employed by the rights-holder of the top division of Brazilian football, media group Globo, according to the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

The Serie A revenue distribution model currently splits teams into six different groups containing one or more clubs. Currently the Group One clubs, Corinthians and Flamengo, receive R$110m (€34.2m/$38.2m) each per year.

Sao Paulo in Group Two receives R$80m, Palmeiras and Vasco da Gama in Group Three take R$70m each and Santos in Group Four secures R$60m. Group Five’s teams of Cruzeiro, Atlético/MG, Grêmio, Internacional, Fluminense and Botafogo secure R$45m each. Group Six pays out R$27m apiece to Coritiba, Goiás, Sport, Vitória, Bahia and Atlético/PR.

However, O Estado de S. Paulo said the new contract signed for the three-year period from 2016 to 2018 results in the figures changing to R$170m for Group One, reducing to R$110m, R$100m, R$80m, R$60m and R$35m, respectively.

The newspaper said clubs outside Group One are seeking that the disparity in payments between Corinthians and Flamengo, which has increased under the new deal, be narrowed.

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero said the national governing body has held talks with Globo over the issue, adding the CBF is acting in a “conciliatory” capacity.