Spanish league postpones games in TV money dispute

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The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 23, 2011; 9:46 PM

MADRID -- Spanish league games on April 2 and 3 have been postponed in a dispute between clubs and the government over television revenue.

The league made the announcement after "the lack of progress" in negotiations with Spanish government officials over the clubs' demand to revoke a law guaranteeing one match per week is broadcast on free television.

The clubs want to a complete pay-TV package, such as the ones in England and Italy, arguing they need the additional revenue.

The postponement effects first- and second-division games, including first-place Barcelona's visit to third-place Villarreal and Real Madrid's game against Sporting Gijon.

© 2011 The Associated Press

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