There are three things that can get in the way of Barcelona’s domestic double: Athletic Bilbao, a dramatic collapse and a pending players’ strike.
Bilbao has Barca in the Copa del Rey final, while Real Madrid needs to win out and see the Blaugranas fall apart in order to deprive Lionel Messi and company a league title.
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But it’s the last option that can really put a halt to things, and since money is at the root, well, anything’s possible. The players would like to see a broadcast revenue deal similar to the Premier League. As of now, Spanish clubs sell their rights on an individual basis, and the players would like to see the money spread around, even to lower leagues.
The National Court said Monday it was summoning the Spanish league and the Spanish players’ union to “hear arguments” on Wednesday before ruling on the league’s request that the strike be temporarily suspended.
The union has the backing of the Spanish soccer federation to begin an “indefinite” strike on Saturday in protest of a proposed government law to regulate broadcast revenues. If the law is approved, it would centralize the sale of TV rights and supposedly give the teams in the top division the vast majority of the revenue.
The strike would affect the last two rounds of the league and the Copa del Rey final on May 30. Barcelona needs one win to clinch the league title and is set to play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.
Not to be dismissive, but we expect the players will get some concessions in order to avoid the rescheduling or cancellation of any matches. The tumult that could come to the fans and viewers would not be worth the money.