The beauty and the ball

The beauty and the ball

The multi-team ownership debate returns to Mexico


Hello my Terra friends. In today’s column we’ll talk about the meeting of Mexican soccer team owners and its principle topic – owners with multiple teams.

 It was a meeting with a lot of talk and not much action, as there is always in-depth discussion about important subjects but with nothing changing as a result.

 Yesterday, the owners could have taken a step toward fixing many of the problems of Mexican soccer. On this occasion they were looking for a solution to multiple-team ownership in soccer, a situation that has never caused problems for current owners. But with the arrival of Carlos Slim to the Pachuca group and Leon, the subject came to the forefront as many who are owners of multiple teams and had said nothing previously, now see potential problems.

 Multiple-team ownership could lead to corruption in soccer as it can lead to conflicts of interest. But let’s be realistic. In a country where investment in sport is lacking, there are few that have the means and desire to risk their money on an activity which in recent years doesn’t sell and which has, to a degree, lost its allure and fantasy on the pitch.

  If having owners with two or three teams in the Liga MX is not an ideal situation, it is still the only way of having 18 or more teams with the resources to play in the first division. This may be a hard reality to accept, but it is the truth. How many teams would be able to survive in the first division without such resources?

 Yesterday, Arturo Elias Ayub attended as a representative of the Alliance between Grupos Pachuca and Carso, something which did not sit well with certain executives. Even so, the heart of the matter was the change in television rights. The fact that there are other media choices has turned into the real reason there are these meetings. As a result, at the end of the day the multiple-team ownership issue was left for another day.

 Mexican soccer continues in difficulty. The addition of new protagonists with investments is problematic, even more so with their great power to acquire more teams and if they aren’t bound by the same rules as yesteryear, or said another way if they aren’t controlled by the politics of the communication giants that previously ruled.

 I ask myself: Who is right, and how can everything be fixed? Always, as long as the most important factors: the soccer, players and real owners of the sport, fans, are not affected. After all, at the end of the day, fans are the consumers of the product that has lost of some ifs luster in recent years so much so that they have started following European leagues with more interest than their local teams.

Ines Sainz Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz

Ines Sainz is one of the most popular sports journalists in Latin America. She has covered major events worldwide.
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