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The sports law, a fiscal framework, the Olympic candidacies, the Liga-Federacin war and the selections that the nationalists want to reactivate, main challenges / Rodrgues Uribes, party man, appoint an elected secretary of state in the Moncloa


Rodrguez Uribes, upon arrival at the first Council of Ministers.
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Once the first government of the coalition of democracy has been formed, the sport awaits pending reforms, although we must wait untilJos Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, new Minister of Culture and Sports, name the Secretary of State who holds the presidency of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), a position he currently holdsMara Jos Reins. Whether or not it is ratified, or substituted, the decision of a very sensitive and broadly visible position will be taken in Moncloa. Rodrguez Uribes is a party man. For now, a candidate to succeed Rienda isPepu Hernndez. From then on, the petitions will accumulate in the CSD during a legislature with duties for the Government and conflicts to be resolved.

1. Develop a law that regulates professional sports

A new Sports Law is necessary to replace that of 1990, obsolete in many aspects, and to regulate more clearly professional sports. In the last legislature, after the arrival ofPedro Snchezto the Government, a draft bill was prepared. The CSD of Rienda received 151 contributions from sports groups, although the first text, which devoted a large part of articles to measures to boost women’s sport, did not find a majority consensus before returning to the drawer, given the call for elections. One of the reasons was the inclusion of article 90.2, which prohibits professional leagues from marketing rights of other federations. It was known as the article ‘antiThebes’ and associated with the war with the Federation. Several federations that may be economically disadvantaged opposed. Now it is necessary to rescue or modify it, but if the text is not abstracted from partisan wars and dyes, it serves little to a sector very refractory to politics. The document that seals the pact for the Coalition Government between the PSOE and Podemos refers, in its points 6.8 and 6.9, to the elaboration of a new Sports Law, framed in a strategic plan that fosters school and university sports, its relationship with integration, food and health, and give greater momentum to women’s sports. ForAlberto Palomar, jurist and specialist in sports law, it is necessary to distinguish that part of the order that must be put in professional sports. It is necessary to regulate it as what it is, an economic activity, and for this it is necessary to define a financing scheme, as well as the nature of the regulatory institutions and those that compete, even if they can go public or not, continues Palomar, who worked for a time with the new minister and doctor of law. In the same way, he continues, it is necessary to delve into the rights of athletes and face aspects such as the taxation of irregular income or the functioning of image societies. These are key issues for the functioning of the sports industry and that belong to a different area than health or education.

2. Limit the regional selections after the agreement with the PNV.

The nationalist support of the Government can mean the reactivation of the international representation of the Catalan and Basque teams, a focus of conflict, even diplomatic, in the past. The agreement of PSOE and PNV, by which the nationalist formation gave Pedro Snchez the s in the investiture, says, at point 11, that channels will be opened to promote the international representation of Euskadi in the cultural and sports field. The legal coverage is also fragile, because sport is not included among the exclusive powers of the State, reflected in article 149 of the Constitution, and, therefore, its organization corresponds to the provisions of the autonomous statutes. One more fact to consider if in the future there would be a reform of the Magna Carta, but which, in the current context, recommends a preventive strategy of the Government.

3. Find a clear fiscal framework, not just raise the personal income tax

The increase in personal income tax to the highest income (2% for an average of 130,000 euros and 4% to those exceeding 300,000) will have a direct impact on the most important athletes. In the case of football, with a minimum salary of 155,000 euros in First, the effect is collective, with an estimated cost by the League of 80 million euros, which, in many cases, impact on clubs, since much of The players negotiate in net. However, this is not the main concern of the sector in fiscal matters. Football, in general, has been the subject of numerous inspections, the most widespread referring to image rights, without the need for them to be carried by offshore companies. The group considers that the Treasury has changed criteria and there are many clubs that have renounced to use the formula to pay 15% of the salary through image rights, something allowed by law, for fear of inspections. For these and other conflicts, such as the commissions of the agents, football asks the Government for a clear fiscal framework, since it currently considers that there is legal uncertainty.

4. Avoid the toxicity of the war between Federacin and Liga

Jaime LissavetzkyYMiguel Cardinal, two of the Secretaries of State who most interacted in the football war, know well of its toxicity. It contaminates them. It should be taken into account by the person chosen for the position, which is claimed as a mediator. The old conflicts of Javier Thebes withAngel Villarhave been worsening with the arrival ofLuis Rubiales, ms frontal.

5. Understand the opportunity of the Barcelona-Pyrenees candidacy

With the support ofAlejandro Blanco, president of the COE, a platform of the Catalan civil society promotes a candidacy for the Winter Olympics of 2030 that will involve part of Catalua and Aragn. Deliberately away from politics, it is supported by businessmen and personalities outside the nationalists who govern the Generalitat, and who find in Barcelona-Pyrenees an opportunity to build broken bridges through the Catalan conflict. They ask for their support to the Government, while Madrid has not ruled out a new attempt, although 2032 already has a fearsome rival: the two united Koreas. The 2030 Soccer World Cup, also strategic, is on the table. The Government must choose your bet. In the short term, this year Rodrguez Uribes will see his first Games, in Tokyo, with a reduced ADO program to be rethought. Blanco believes that before we have to define the sport model we want and its financing. Bet on double goes, public and private, and awaits, like others, a Law of Patronage.

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