- Crisis: The delicate situation of Spanish basketball
Nikola Mirotic, the highest-paid player in basketball in Barcelona, admitted on Friday that he had accepted the salary reduction that the Catalan club has proposed to face the economic losses that the alert state will cause due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The player communicated through a message on his Twitter that his decision is sustained in a measure "to support the club at this time."
Mirotic clarified that his position is not due to any external pressure or for having spoken with the club's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu . "At no time have I spoken to the president about this issue and nobody has pressured me to accept it. It was my own decision to support the club at this time. "
On the other hand, players like Alex Abrines and Pau Ribas have shown their displeasure for some information on the reduction of salaries.
"I do not know who filters things that have only been spoken by a group of WhatsApp players and respective club bosses. But the only reason I see is that you want to destroy the team. You will not succeed, or yes, and you will be left without a team . #allavosotros ", sentenced in a Twitter message Álex Abrines, one of the most humorous Barcelona players in this period of confinement, but who this Friday was forceful.
Pau Ribas was also very direct with information appearing in the members about the interiors of the basketball team: "The leaks or manipulations that aim to break the locker room are not welcome here! We are in this together during these difficult times for everyone!"
The basketball section has a budget of 41.5 million euros , with revenues of 9.2 million and with a deficit at the end of the year of 32.3 million.
The salary mass of the first basketball team is close to 28 million euros and is almost four times higher than that of the handball section, which is next.
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