Barca signs $225M sponsorship deal

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BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona reached a sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation worth $225 million Friday, and will use the foundation's name on its jerseys for the next five seasons.

The deal starts in July and runs through 2016, paying Barcelona approximately $40 million a season with bonuses possibly increasing the deal. In the 2010-11 season, Barca will also receive $20 million for commercial rights.

The Qatar Foundation will join Unicef on Barca's shirts. The sponsorship deal is the largest for any soccer team. The Qatar Foundation focuses on education, scientific research and community development.


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