Más Deporte Canarias platform, which brings together more than 300 people, including athletes, sports managers, private company representatives and public administrations on the islands, stated that Gran Canaria Basketball Club does not comply with a number of European regulations and laws, and more than half of its budget will be in public money and It will be 100 percent owned by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, a public administration.
The situation goes back 15 years. In 2007 Gran Canaria Basketball Club received around 6 million euros in public funding, which accounts for about 60 percent of its budget. In previous years, this rate was even exceeded. With the entry of the PSOE and Nueva Canarias into the Cabildo government and headed by Sports Minister Óscar Hernández, a new Board of Directors was created that year, and the Governing Council was renewed and decided to gradually reduce it. Public contribution to Sports Public Limited Company.
Until 2016, different companies continue with the reduction of the budget to the club. And until 2019, all the presidents of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the Sports councilors, regardless of their political party, made public statements in support of the decision to continue reducing the economic subsidy with a weighty argument: the situation was completely unregulated according to the regulations and laws established by the European Union. Offer? Reducing the contribution to a subsidy similar to that allocated to UD Las Palmas, ie assistance in kind with the economic contribution, the costs of using sports facilities, etc. between 2 and 2.5 million euros per year. The figure came to slash public contribution to 40 percent of Granca’s total budget.
The problem is that after 15 years the situation has not improved today. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Club had to close the gap in the 2020/21 season, as in all sports disciplines. Oddly enough, Granca continued to get more money the following season, and now in their 2023 budget, it’s going up to 4.5, while 3.2m euros from Gran Canaria Basketball Club Cabildo.
During the pandemic, the budget of the Sports district of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria was reduced from 30 million euros to 25 million euros. It has risen to almost 28 in 2023, but this difference comes only to offset the increase in contribution to the Claretian Club, at the expense of public money that must be allocated to the sport and physical activity of Gran Canaria citizens.
Besides the questionable legality of this public subsidy contribution, Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria is the only 100% publicly owned Sports Public Limited Company in the whole of Spain, which puts it at an advantage over its competitors, but above all it is against regulations. According to Articles 107, 108 and 109 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, as well as the Commission’s Regulation (EU) No. 2021/1237 of 23 July 2021, Law No. 651/2014 on state aid to professional sports, economic subsidies must be applied to a specific sport discipline. It was stated that it should not be allocated to sports in general and as a whole. In other words, money that should benefit the majority of this island’s citizens increases public spending on Granca.
This governance model contrasts head-to-head with that of other clubs and societies on the islands; As in the case of Lenovo Tenerife Basketball Club, most of which are privately owned, that is, controlled and managed by civil society. For fiscal year 2023, the club will have a budget of 8.2 million euros, of which only 17 percent comes from public institutions. The remainder is revenue from the main sponsor, six co-sponsors and more than a hundred local businesses, the Basketball Champions League, box office and club-organized events.
If more than half of the 18 clubs currently in the ACB have a budget of less than 7 million euros, Más Deporte Canarias does not understand why Granca has reached approximately 9 million, 52 percent of which came from the contribution of Cabildo de. Gran Canaria, which made them a club “mixed with public money in a professional sport.”
Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria is a European finalist and Copa del Rey, ACB semi-finalist club with an outstanding history, popularity and sporting roots in Gran Canaria, Sociedad Anónima Deportiva, Canary Islands and Spain, with great virtues and sporting achievements. From Más Deporte Canarias it is only possible to wish him the greatest possible success in the coming seasons, but always legally.
This platform considers that a series of structural changes should be prepared based on innovation, reactivation, organization, orientation, restructuring, quality management of human resources and economic diversity. The alternative proposed by this platform is mixed governance between public and private, where at least 51 percent of shareholders are from civil society and private equity. Catch and increase sponsors, subscriptions, tickets and other events and spend less.
Más Deporte Canarias claims that the budget of 30 million euros will be reallocated to the Gran Canaria Insular Institute of Sport. The subsidy given to Gran Canaria Basketball Club is 3.2 million euros for this year and this support decreases from season to season, reaching 2 to 2.5 million euros per year in four years.
Faced with a culture of living with subsidies and public funding, Más Deporte Canarias proposes creativity, imagination and social commitments. Work, effort, entrepreneurship and self-financing as the best tool for projection, personal and collective autonomy and growth of the whole society.
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