Tensions remain high between the Spanish government and the region of Catalonia following the banned referendum. Tebas has repeatedly declared his opposition to Catalonia’s drive for independence and has now outlined the impact of the current situation on LaLiga’s business dealings.
“When you are selling something you need to know it's the right moment and we decided now is not the moment to sell our television rights,” Tebas said, according to the Reuters news agency.
“We are not just selling them in Spain and Europe - we have to think about India, Singapore, Turkey and other countries, so we've delayed it by a few weeks. It might be better in the long run as now is not a good time.”
“LaLiga would lose around 20 per cent of its income if Real Madrid or Barcelona left,” he added. “We're talking about a problem that could have a huge impact on our competition, even though I don't think (Catalonia splitting from Spain) will occur.”