Amid controversies, the so-called MP do Mandante issued by the federal government in June to change rules on broadcasting rights for sporting events, in addition to making football players contracts with clubs more flexible, lost its effect without having been analyzed by the National Congress. The measure should have been analyzed until this Wednesday, 15, but despite pressure from football clubs, it was not even analyzed in committee – one of the stages of the proposal’s processing.
As a result, all devices of MP 984, which made changes to the Pelé Law, lose the most relevant rule that determines that television stations can only show games if principals and visitors agree with the broadcast.
The so-called “arena right” is also extinguished, in which the club that rules the game has the exclusive right to sell the exhibition of the images of the match to a television station or other media platform. Thus, the legislation that provides that the rights belong to the two clubs involved in the sports show is resumed.
When the proposal reached Congress, the Mayor, Deputy Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), questioned the urgency of the matter and said that it would be necessary to expand the debate on the proposal.
“Football cannot be treated in isolation, we should have a better debate. It is time to have a more modern football and with more commitment to professionalism ”, said Maia.
Currently, two bills on the right to negotiate the transmission of the game belong exclusively to the team that sent the game are pending in the Chamber of Deputies.
Drafted by Deputy André Figueiredo (PDT-CE), Bill 4876/20 determines that the right to negotiate the transmission of the match rests exclusively with the team that ordered the game. The congressman changes three points of the MP edited by the government. Among them, the project establishes that players will be entitled to at least 5% of the value of the contracts negotiated between the club and the television. The MP set the value of the arena right at 5%.
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The proposal also determines that the amount received by the athlete will be labor-based, not civil. With that, participation in the arena right will be part of the player’s salary. In addition, it rescues the presence of the unions in the distribution of resources resulting from the arena right to athletes, which had been withdrawn by the provisional measure.
“We understand the situation that the clubs are going through, however, it is not fair that, under the argument of safeguarding them, athletes remain without the necessary contractual protection in this moment of economic and public health crisis. In this way, we suppressed this forecast in the present project ”, justified Figueiredo.
Congressman Pedro Paulo (DEM-RJ) proposes the creation of a football league to dispute the national championships from 2022. Inspired by European countries, the proposal suggests that the league would end individual treatment and help in the negotiation of championship broadcasting.
“Collective bargaining, centered on an entity that represents the clubs, to the extent that it maximizes the amounts received for the negotiated rights, also benefits the development of the championship as a whole, and not only of a small elite of clubs of greater commercial attractiveness”, argues the deputy.
Pedro Paulo’s text also proposes what he calls the professionalization and democratization of sport. The proposal ensures that at least two games of the football round are shown on open TV or free streaming.
“The process of professionalization in sport, particularly in football, refers to people and structures, being associated with the passage of athletes from an amateur stage to a professional one, but also with the professionalization and rationalization of the operational functioning of organizations dedicated to the promotion and development of the sport ”, says the congressman.
The project provides that the broadcasting rights may be sold in a game package, regardless of the form of exhibition, and by distribution mode, or any new technology. The proposal also states that the company that purchases the largest number of games may not have more than 80% of all matches in the competition.
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