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Club Owners Welcome?? – The Bundesliga must obsess with the “50+1-Rule”



It was a short but very important message, when Bundesliga-club Hannover 96 addressed a petition to the DFL and DFB to abolish the “50+1-Rule”.

 The “50+1-Rule” implies that one person can only hold shares by the size of 49% of a club. Because of this, a prospect club owner has no majority vote and cannot conduct the club operations. The originally club members are in the position to overrule the owner of the biggest share; this condition isn’t attractive for persons like Roman Abramowitsch or Malcom Glazer.

Critics say that this rule interfere the development of the Bundesliga, because the clubs aren’t been able to buy the best players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Kaka. The clubs must remain competitive in the Champion’s League to their opponents from the Premier League; hereto the DFL must abolish the rule for becoming more attractive for investors.

The fans and several officials deny an abolition of that rule. The fans want to avoid the commercialization of their clubs like Chelsea or Manchester United, because of losing ground and higher ticket prizes. In the last months several fan communities initiated some demonstrations to show their repulsion. The fans moan, that the Bundesliga will loose its identity and soul and will turn into a shady business.

A successful abolition needs a two-third majority at the conventions of the DFL (Bundesliga) and the DFB (The German Football Association). At the moment a majority seems to be unrealistic, because the most clubs follow the fan opinion about the abolition. Hannover 96 is till now the only club in the league, who wants some changes to exploit new financial resources. But former Bayern Munich manger Uli Hoeneß said after a loss in the Champion’s League last year, that in perpetuity the Bundesliga clubs have to think of some changes to win a European club-title.

Nowadays the “50+1-Rule” generates the main difference between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. The Premier League clubs have success in winning titles, the Bundesliga have the higher attendance, a better fan involvement and lower ticket prizes. The future will reveal, which is the right way of celebrating football.

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  1. ballinbrad

    October 21, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Testing keep the rule keeps Bundesliga the best!

  2. ballinbrad

    October 21, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Testing this comment leaving is not working for me. Anyway keep the 50+1!
    It keeps the Bundesliga fun and competitive. I agree that last season would never
    Had occured anywhere else and that’s why beside my German heritage and pride
    I love the Bundesliga!!!!!!!

  3. McHertha

    October 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    As an interested outside observer of the Bundesliga I’d say keep the 50+1 rule as it seems to ensure the fundamentals of equitable national competition which is now non existent in other leagues in Europe.

    Whilst the CL domination by 4 teams from the EPL is a bore I guarantee that this will not be the pattern for the long term simply because of the high level (now 50%) of clubs in single person foreign ownership is not sustainable. The long term financial sustainability of the EPL is not healthy and as a result, clubs that are successful now will not be in future as owners disappear.

    The Bundesliga is an exciting competition and if the 50+1 disappears then the wealthy clubs such as Bayern will bring in new money which will effectively overpower the competition to the point that the Bundesliga will be a bore in terms of competition, much like the way the EPL is going.

    Last seasons bundesliga would not occur in england, or anywhere else, for that matter so please dont do away with the 50+1 yet.

    By teh way what’s going on at Hertha (my German club) this season. Will they survive, any thoughts?

  4. Luka

    October 14, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Keep the 50+1 rule Bundesliga!

  5. Paul

    October 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

    While I would love to see a German team succeed in the CL, as long as it isn’t Bayern, it is the week in week out action of the Bundesliga which keeps me buying a season ticket at Hertha. Will I stop going if a German team doesn’t win the CL – of course not! Will I stop going if it costs €30 a game for a seat – you bethcha!

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