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TV issue masks Spain's larger problem

Updated: March 30, 2011, 12:16 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

Wednesday morning's ruling by Spanish judge Purificacion Pujol states that La Liga is not legally able to call a strike this weekend, so a round of fixtures that were apparently set to be wiped out -- which would have pushed the season at least into mid-June -- can now go ahead.

The decision relates to a dispute about whether the Spanish League (LFP) is obliged to continue providing one match each Saturday night that can be viewed on free-to-air (that is, non-subscription) ...

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