Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani took to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after his company beat Sky Sports to the TV Rights of La Liga from the start of next season.
The Italian sports network, Eleven Sports, secured a three-year deal on Wednesday and in the process ended Sky’s long hold on Spanish football matches. Radrizzani tweeted:
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) May 2, 2018
According to reports from the Yorkshire Evening Post, a reported offer of £54m failed to secure another contract for Sky Sports as Eleven Sports weighed in with a lucrative bid.
The Leeds owner, who bought the club 12 months ago, founded Eleven Sports in 2015 and has built up rights to various sports across the globe.
Leeds United fans were quick to react to the news on Twitter, with many wondering what it actually means for the club. Fans would love to see the club signing more Spanish players or more funds being allotted for transfers, but the sad reality is Leeds United and Eleven Sports are two completely different entities, and the success of Eleven Sports will have no bearing on the Elland Road club.
Here are some of the best responses from the Leeds fans on Twitter:
Or he could do this, earn more money and put it into the club
— Simon Kirk (@simonkirk98) May 2, 2018
But the company makes money from the TV rights which makes Andrea richer which means he can invest more, do you understand what a business is?!?!
— Jack Hill (@jack_hill567) May 2, 2018
Invest it in Leeds?
— Ryan Pinnick (@RPlufc93) May 2, 2018
Hopefully it’s an indication that we are gonna be competing at the top end next season.
If he has had assurances let’s hope the club stick to them and deliver… then it’s up to the players and I’m hoping a new manager to do it on the pitch
— Mick Ward (@MWardy21) May 2, 2018
Well done Andrea, great achivement? but now we know you’ve got the money, & you’ll make even more with this … you need to sack Orta & Heckingbottom, appoint a good manager & give him a serious amount to spend on proven championship players … Bartley being one of them! #LUFC
— LUFC Lewis (@LewisDeighton17) May 2, 2018
Love how great people are at business ?. This is a separate business. Not Leeds United. Will have different people, banks, plans than us. Chris Wood probably paid for it mind.
— Benn (@LUFCbenn) May 2, 2018
Well done andrea & congrats. Hopefully this means we don’t have to scrape the bottom of the barrel & bring in players like Jerry mbakogu. You’ve aimed high with eleven sports…time to aim high with lufc ?
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) May 2, 2018