PETALING JAYA: Johor FA (JFA) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has a bone to pick with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) over their newly-announced partnership with London-based MP & Silva for the setting up of a company to run the M-League.
Tunku Ismail has questioned the rationale behind the setting up of the Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) and FAM getting a 40% cut from the M-League revenue.
He feels that it’s the teams who should be getting a higher percentage than the 30% as announced by FAM president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah during the executive committee meeting on Monday.
“I don’t understand why FAM should get more revenue from the deal ... the teams in the M-League deserve a higher cut as they make up the league,” said Tunku Ismail.
“I feel that the decision has been made rather hastily ... it raises questions on the transparency of the deal between the parties involved. None of the teams were informed earlier about the agreement and it won’t be fair if the agreement is forced on the teams at the eleventh hour.”
On Monday, FAM announced that MP & Silva, an international media rights company, has guaranteed a RM1.26bil fund over a 15-year period for the FMLLP.
The billion ringgit deal, according to the FAM, is set to bring a massive windfall to the M-League teams, who will also be stake holders in the FMLLP with FAM and MP & Silva to manage the M-League broadcast and commercial rights.
Under the agreement, MP & Silva will channel RM70mil per year to FMLLP from 2016-2021; RM85mil per year from 2022-2024; RM92mil from 2025-2027; and RM103mil from 2028-2030.
The deal will see FAM receiving 40% from the RM70mil in the first six years, with 30% going to the M-League teams. The rest will be used to run the M-League and for referee and youth development.
It is learnt that under the previous RM120mil four-year deal between FAM and Malaysian pay-TV Astro from 2011 to 2014, which ended last year, the M-League teams received RM200,00 annually and a RM15,000 fee for each live telecast match for the home team,
The new deal for the setting up of the FMLLP is expected to be similar to that of the English Premier League’s (EPL) broadcast rights and will see the M-League sides receive a higher quantum of merit money (based on team’s league positions) and live match fees.
While Tunku Ismail is dismayed with the financial arrangements, Pahang FA chairman of branding, marketing and promotion Mohd Fahrizal Hasan feels that the FMLLP will give the M-League teams a better say in the negotiation for broadcast and commercial rights.
“The FMLLP will ensure that M-League teams receive a better cut from the broadcast and commercial rights. We have yet to receive updates from the FAM or FMLLP but we have been told that a meeting will be held soon,” said Fahrizal.
“The move to set up the FMLLP is timely as the M-League teams are moving towards privatisation. Everyone in the M-League is hungry for success and the FMLLP deal, which guarantees financial benefits, will be the catalyst for teams to do better.
“The funds we received from the previous broadcast deal were clearly insufficient but the setting up of the FMLLP will give teams a bigger say in negotiations for broadcast and commercial rights.”
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