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German football is hoping to get back to play before the end of June with many teams' overall existence on the line. DFL CEO Christian Seifert spoke at a news conference of the dire situation for teams and the need to play in order to keep the game alive.
"Professional football can only function when we play," said Seifert. "If we can play games, it is to be expected that they will be without fans for some time. Maybe even into the new season or until the end of the year."
That fact is a massive blow to one of the three major areas of revenue for clubs, matchday revenue. Broadcasting, sponsorship and ticket sales are how Bundesliga clubs stay afloat but there are plans survive on just two of the three. The move will hurt and deeply affect teams but will ensure that the game will continue.
German clubs were asked earlier in the month to present ways in which they could survive without income. The overall outcome of that research showed that without the conclusion of the season, many clubs could see themselves spiral into financial ruin.
Bundesliga is currently the closest league to resuming play in the world. Discussions over cancelling the English Premier League season have been discussed and Spanish football is nowhere near starting the discussion. Italy as well is not even considering the prospect with the health of the general public taking priority.