Mediapro frees 37 La Liga football clubs from rights contracts

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 23 June 2015

Spanish pay-TV group Mediapro has agreed with La Liga to free 37 football clubs of their TV rights contracts, so they can jointly negotiate their broadcasting rights for five seasons from the 2016-2017 season.

Most of club are looking forward to La Liga closing such a deal, as it would mean higher incomes from TV rights due to a more equitable distribution of income, as it already happens in other major leagues such as the Premier League.

The last obstacle for La Liga is now Telefónica, which owns rights of fewer teams but crucially the biggest including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Real Sociedad, Celta de Vigo and Espanyol. Moreover the larger clubs have not as yet presented a strong opposition, nor showing fully acceptance of the decision. The league's footballers have also been opposed to the new rights management model, even threatening a strike during the last days of last season.

Mediapro SportsMediapro Sports has already contacted pay-TV providers around the globe letting them know the deal and announcing the new conditions. Yet in exchange of releasing the rights of 37 clubs from first and second division, it will only get to manage — but, crucially, not own — the international rights.