Three months ago, it appeared La Liga and Relevent Sports would be bringing one of the biggest soccer events in South Florida history to Hard Rock Stadium in January. But today, FC Barcelona announced it would not be participating in a game with Girona FC next month, dealing a significant blow to the league’s hopes of playing outside Spain.
The game had been hampered by the start from interests as wide-ranging as the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Spanish players union and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino. Despite an effort to launch a petition drive, none of the opposing forces appeared to budge an inch.
There’s no word as to how La Liga and Relevent plan to proceed with LaLiga North America after the withdrawal of FC Barcelona’s support, but without Barcelona and Real Madrid’s persistent opposition to games outside of Spain, the marketing potential for the games would fall precipitously.