Posted December 29, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Barcelona's desire to boost revenue has the European champions charging the public to view an upcoming open training session. Club members can invite three guests free of charge for the Jan. 5 practice, but nonmembers will be charged ?5 ($6.45) to watch Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta hone their skills. Under current president Sandro Rosell, the recent Club World Cup winners signed a ?171 million ($230 million) deal with Qatar Foundation, which became the first paid sponsor to adorn the club's jersey. The heavily indebted club has also embraced cost-cutting measures, eliminating its 80-year-old baseball team and slashing funding to 12 minority sports teams earlier this year.
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