ABS-CBN acquires Philippines national football team rights

Filipino commercial broadcaster ABS-CBN acquired rights from the Philippine Football Federation for national team matches in a four-year deal, from 2012 to 2015.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer said ABS-CBN would pay at least P300 million (€5.3 million/$6.9 million) over the course of the deal. The newspaper said the broadcaster would pay P1.2 million for every men’s national team game in the first year of the deal, with the fee-per-game increasing by P100,000 per year throughout the remainder of the contract.

The deal also covers rights for the federation’s under-23, under-21 and women’s national teams.

Peter Musngi, vice-president of sport at ABS-CBN, said the rights cover all games, “except those where the games have been awarded to a third party by virtue of a contract with the Asian Football Confederation [the governing body of football in Asia] or Asean Football Federation [the body that oversees football in south-east Asia].”