The traditional October-November progress point with the National Management Control Department (DNCG) was scheduled for last Friday. The financial gendarme of the Professional Football League postponed it for Chambly, as for all the clubs, given the new confinement which requires them to play behind closed doors.
While waiting for a new hearing date which should not be long, the red lantern of Ligue 2 must return this Friday the financial elements requested by the DNCG. It will certainly present a budget revised downwards, after having estimated it at 7.25 million euros in July.
The TV rights puzzle
It is an uncertainty that haunts all professional football since Mediapro, the broadcaster, announced that it wanted to renegotiate the contract downwards. What about TV rights? Even if the LFP took out a loan to allow the clubs to wait, the vagueness remains for the clubs. “Everything is conditioned on television rights, underlines Thierry Bertrand, general manager of Camblys. If we don’t get paid them, it will be very complicated. “
In its forecast, Chambly recorded, as in July, € 4.8 million in TV rights. A sum of which the first tranche, possibly close to one million euros and in the form of a loan from the LFP, could be received soon. “But I still withdrew part of the rights in the forecast since it is an advance on cash, indicates Thierry Bertrand. And an advance, it must be repaid … “
550,000 euros in lost earnings
During the first three home games, an average of 1,371 spectators filled the stands of the Pierre-Brisson stadium in Beauvais. Far from the 3000 people expected. This drop, combined with the gauge then fallen to 1000 people against Clermont (0-3) on October 17 and the closed-door period started this Saturday against Dunkirk (0-1), will have repercussions. “Between the ticket office, the refreshment bar and the shop, there will be a big shortfall”, assures President Fulvio Luzi. “We estimate it at at least 550,000 euros over the year,” says Thierry Bertrand. “It’s huge, but nobody can do anything about it,” loose Fulvio Luzi, convinced that the championship will now continue behind closed doors until the end. “The shop still sells a lot online, says Thierry Bertrand, but that does not compensate for the two big losses that are the ticket office and the refreshment bar. “
A “crisis scenario” under study
Among the documents that Chambly must return to the DNCG is a novelty, a direct consequence of the pandemic and containment. The financial policeman has in fact asked the pro clubs to provide for a “crisis scenario”, namely a closed session until the end of the championship.
For Thierry Bertrand, this would not be the worst scenario. Behind closed doors, Beauvais only rents the Pierre-Brisson stadium for 10,000 euros per match (against 20,000 euros with the public) and the ancillary costs (security, VIP, boxes) disappear. “The worst is 1000 spectators all season, considers the leader. Because we hardly do any recipes when we have to bear all the costs. In camera is less restrictive. “Our club has worked well in previous years, positive Fulvio Luzi. If the TV rights are paid, our management can absorb the loss due to Covid-19, our economic model is not called into question even in the event of a descent. “
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