No Classic in Las Vegas

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first_imgThe preseason is compromised and the stage could be in Valdebebas. The coronavirus crisis is spreading and the tsunami carries with it sporting events across the globe. Another one who joins the list in serious danger is the International Champions Cup in the USA, which each summer becomes pre-season rehearsals and a generous source of income for Real Madrid. For this 2020 there was also a jackpot: a Classic against Barcelona in Las Vegas.A project that unveiled in February the Washington Post in which the white club and Barcelona have continued to negotiate with Relevent Sports, the company that organizes the tournament. The plan was to hold the second Classic on American soil, after Miami in 2017. It would serve, as if it were a bottle of champagne, to launch the new stadium of the City of Sin. The Allegiant Stadium is the next wonder of Las Vegas (it has cost € 1,750M) and will host from this year the Raiders, the NFL franchise that has just moved there.But this new Classic received a first blow four weeks ago, when the scourge of the coronavirus shot up in China and forced Relevent Sports to cancel the part of the tournament that was going to be played in Singapore … Now, the temporary suspension of the major leagues constrains the calendar to the maximum. To this we must add that the United States is closing due to the pandemic, its competitions too (the NBA) and for example a macro event such as the next NFL draft, precisely in Las Vegas, will be held behind closed doors on April 23. The organization, however, is reluctant to cancel the 2020 ICC in its US version. “We continue planning the 2020 edition and we are adjusting to the new soccer calendars”, a senior manager of Relevent Sports explains to AS, “we have to monitor the situation but we have to understand that it is changing very quickly”. “In any case, safety and health will be our priorities,” he concludes.An economic disorder …The preseason of Real Madrid is seen, whatever happens, committed. It’s on the table perform the stage in Valdebebas, with a very limited presence outside (predictably only in Spain) with friendlies. Running out of tour would be a financial setback for Madrid. He is in the select group that receives the largest cache in the ICC (along with Barça, Manchester United and Bayern, and Liverpool wants to join them) with € 3M net per friendly, more bonuses depending on the entity of the rival. A figure that multiplied by three in the Miami Classic (€ 9M) and that it had been established as the basis for negotiating the minutes for each club in this Las Vegas Classic. In total, in the summer of 2019 Madrid billed € 12M net for his US tour. A wobbly gold mine.last_img

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