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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Elimination in Paulista influences the financial situation of the club

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Santos not only lost the chance to continue in the Paulistan dispute with the elimination last Sunday (5) to Ituano, it also lost chances to alleviate its financial situation, already complicated for a long time, with a loss of revenue.

Already due to the elimination in the first phase of Paulista, Peixe will lose the award that the teams will receive from the Paulista Football Federation (FPF) for the teams that advance from the phase to the final. An eventual state title would earn the team around R$ 5 million, in addition to the amounts for the teams that are in the lower positions of the leaderboard among those that advanced to the quarterfinals.

In addition to the awards, another factor that has a negative impact is the box office issue. 365Scores (via GE) points out that, in the first two months of 2023, Santos revenue linked to ticket sales reached around BRL 1.1 million. This value is far from the R$3 million projected for the first half of the club’s budget (which possibly includes matches for the Brasileirão, Brazil’s Cup and Copa Sudamericana in this period).

And the only ‘salvation’ that could help Santos achieve greater profit to alleviate the situation for a period without matches before the start of the Brasileirão will not happen. Peixe plays this Thursday (9) against Iguatu, for the Brazil’s Cup, in Vila Belmiro. However, due to the punishment imposed by the STJD for the invasion of fans in the classic against Corinthians, for the 2022 Series A, the game will be behind closed doors.

There was an estimate that up to R$ 1.2 million could be collected at the box office in March, but the disqualification of Paulista and the match without fans of the Brazil’s Cup will undermine the Santos desire to lighten the situation of its coffers.

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