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Bundesliga fans protest over Premier League broadcast deal

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The Premier League agreed a new record-breaking £5.16 billion broadcast rights deal between Sky and BT Sport last Tuesday, which will see the contract running from 2016 to 2019.

The deal roughly equates to £10 million per game, enough to cover Accrington Stanley's wage bill for the next 20 years, which the Lancashire club tweeted about.

But fans in Germany were waving banners of protest against the bumper windfall coming the way of the Premier League clubs.

Protest

During their 8-0 victory over Hamburg on Saturday, Bayern Munich fans were waving banners saying "This ain't no Premier League - Nein Zum Englischen Modell", which translates to 'No to the English model'.

Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert has said that the league might have to consider "unpopular options" to improve its commercial revenues, in the wake of the Premier League deal.

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But is the Premier League model better than what Bayern are doing over in Germany by poaching the very best players from their rivals so that they can win the title season after season?

The difference

Bundesliga clubs will share a total of £617m for the 2016/17 season - the same season the new deal will come in to place. Last February, BT Sport announced they have extended the rights to show Bundesliga football until 2017, including the German Super Cup.

With continued speculation over Mats Hummels and Kevin De Bruyne, both linked with moves to Premier League clubs, could this see the influx of Bundesliga stars coming over to the Premier League instead of joining mega-rich Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund?

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