GolTV has emerged victorious in the third tender for Ecuadorian club football rights this year, overcoming the annulment of its previous deal and an initial vote awarding the rights to DirecTV.
The Ecuadorian football federation (FEF) has been forced to relinquish its status as the commercial rights-holder of the top two tiers of Ecuadorian club football after a series of events that included an annulled media-rights deal, court orders, two botched tenders and charges against the federation’s president.
Ecuador’s football federation says it is unconcerned about its recent deal with GolTV, despite the pay-television broadcaster delaying payments in its equivalent agreement with the Venezuelan football federation.
Pan-regional pay-television broadcaster GolTV has regained rights to Primera Categoría Serie A and Serie B, the top two divisions of Ecuadorian football, following a period of upheaval in the broadcast of the sport in the country.
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