Bidders line up for Belgian Pro League rights

International sports broadcaster Eleven Sports Network and telecommunications firm Orange are reportedly among the bidders for the next set of broadcast rights to the Pro League, the top division of club football in Belgium.

Belgian newspaper De Tijd said Eleven and Orange are both in contention for rights following the closure of the bidding window on March 15.

Current rights holders – pay-television operators Proximus, Telenet and Voo – are also said to have lodged bids.

The tender for rights from the 2017-18 season was sent out on February 8. It covers rights to all Pro League matches and the Super Cup, in the Dutch and French languages. Rights are split into six sets of packages.

The MP & Silva agency advises the Pro League on the sale of all media rights in a six-season deal, running from 2014-15 to 2019-20.