The Professional Soccer League ratified his position of supporting “the model of non-profit civil associations” and “flatly rejected the format of public limited companies”, in response to the position of the presidential candidate of Freedom Advances (LLA), Javier Mileiin favor of a privatization of football.
The clubs that make up the League met in a hotel in the town of Ezeiza and there they agreed on this position and issued a statement under the title “No to SAD”.
In its first paragraph, it points out that “the First Division clubs of Argentine football renew their historical position of strengthening and throughout the 130 years of its institutional existence, the Argentine Football Association was faithful to the principles of its founders and respectful of the standards established for the administration of their institutions.
“Like nowhere else in the world, football clubs not only fulfill competitive functions in that sport, but also promote and sustain other educational, social, cultural and sporting areas of other disciplines. Those bases – which were born back in February 1893 – achieved that today 88 entities directly affiliated and more than 3,500 indirectly affiliated with the AFA feel the foundation stones that made our football a world power, recognized in all corners of the planet,” the leaders added.
The text has a strong position in the second paragraph in which they pointed out that “all these institutions belong to those who support the operation of their facilities with their contributions, praising that old, but very current phrase: “THE CLUB IS FOR THE MEMBERS” “Argentine soccer clubs were not born to generate business and profits for people who see in them a commercial source of income for their personal pockets, but rather they saw the light to provide society with services that cannot be found in other sectors.”
“The entities function,” the clubs indicated, “as containment dams for thousands and thousands of children and adolescents who are rescued from the streets to insert them into the world of healthy living, sports and even primary and secondary education. and even tertiary, in some cases. Also within it are organizations that contribute life values to society, such as foundations, gender and equity departments, social inclusion commissions, disability areas, health services, recreational activities for the senior citizens, etc….All of this, neither more nor less, has been achieved by building from the initial foundations of the institutions: not to profit but to generate contributions to society.”
They also expressed that “this format – that of non-profit associations -, beyond social contributions, was what built all the feats, achievements and positioning of Argentine soccer in the elite of world sport.”
“The federalization of our competition is the secret of success in the World Cup in Qatar, with our glorious Argentine National Team having players from different parts of the country. The organization and restructuring of our competitions has made it possible for us to currently have very competitive tournaments, where in the last dates of the regular stage of the League Cup, 21 teams are fighting for one of the three decisive instances: avoiding relegation, qualifying for continental cups and/or advancing to the quarterfinals of the competition itself,” they added.
The LPF indicated that the “competitiveness and unique attractiveness shown by the current competition is based on the fact that more than 70 percent of the matches on the last date (10 out of a total of 14) must be played in an overlapping manner, given that there are still no definitions about those classified for the play offs and about the team that will lose the category.
“This is beyond displaying this season’s historical record of stadium attendance (more than 300,000 people attend matches on each date), as well as unusual audience peaks (exceeding 9 average rating points per date, which makes our football one of the most consumed products by Argentine viewers); or the abrupt increase in members in all entities (reaching a record number of members in the history of Argentine football)”, he concluded.
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