Power struggle in the bundesliga: lodenkalle and the group of 15

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has founded a new Klungelklub for the Bundesliga. Only those who are subordinate to FC Bayern are allowed to join.

Boss: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge makes announcements Photo: Martin Meissner/ap

Collecting ideas, motivating employees to independently search for solutions to problems, and providing feedback on suggestions made are among the most important tasks of modern management. This is sometimes called idea management. Making ideas heard, even from departments that are not at the top of the corporate hierarchy, is one of the biggest tasks here.

Not discrediting suggestions for improvement that are made as criticism, but taking them seriously even if they have no chance of being implemented – that is part of the everyday life of modern corporate management. In this respect, the German Soccer League is still a long way off.

Anyone who drafts a discussion paper to encourage a redistribution of income from TV marketing first has the door slammed in their face. And in the end, a boss of the old school stands up and accuses those who did nothing more than draft a position paper of having thrown down the gauntlet to him. This behavior is so outdated, so undemocratic and so lacking in solidarity that one can’t think of much else to say about it other than: typical soccer.

The boss in this story is Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, known as Lodenkalle, and is the chairman of the board of FC Bayern Munchen AG. His followers are called "G15" and no one would be surprised if Rummenigge believed that his clique was at least as important for the world as the G7 countries. 14 Bundesliga clubs and Hamburger SV (sic!) belong to this group of 15.

Locked out clubs

The four Bundesliga clubs from Mainz, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Bielefeld did not receive an invitation. The 10 second-league clubs, which together with these 4 clubs drew up a position paper with suggestions for a different distribution of TV money, are out anyway.

They did what they obviously don’t deserve to do. They have come up with ideas. Revenues from international TV marketing are to benefit second-division clubs more than before. In addition, the sporting results should no longer have as much influence on the distribution key as they do now. More than 4.6 billion euros are to be distributed over four seasons. It is clear that under the ideas being discussed, the two major clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund would receive proportionately less than they have up to now. It’s also clear that Rummenigge doesn’t like it.

And yet it’s amazing the means he’s resorting to in order to stifle any discussion about a new distribution key for TV revenues. He gathers the managers of selected clubs around him to discuss the future of German soccer with them. The first meeting of the new ruling class in German soccer was then allegedly not about TV money at all. If Rummenigge is to be believed, the main topic of discussion was the DFB, which is in a permanent state of crisis, and the decision was made to rally behind Fritz Keller, the president of the association. Anyone who wants FC Bayern’s money has apparently forfeited the right to participate in the discussion about the future of German soccer. This can be described as blackmail.

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