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Bolivian football federation closes in on World Cup qualifiers deal

The Federación Boliviana de Fútbol, the Bolivian football federation, is close to a deal to sell the domestic and international media rights for the national team’s home qualifying matches for the 2018 Fifa World Cup to Cross Trading, part of the Full Play agency.

According to Bolivian news website La Razon, the deal would be worth $6 million (€4.85 million). The federation earned $3.2 million from its rights for the 2014 World Cup home qualifiers.

The federation requires the approval of the league and the Asociación Nacional de Fútbol, the body which oversees Bolivia’s regional football associations, before entering into further discussions with Cross Trading. The federation will also have to eventually submit any contract for approval at its congress.

The report said that the $6 million would be split between the federation and the clubs that provide the players for the national team. Twenty-five per cent of the total rights fee – $1.5 million under the proposed deal – would be distributed amongst the clubs, while the federation would keep the remaining 75 per cent ($4.5 million).

Cross Trading has agreed deals for home World Cup 2018 qualifier rights with all other South American federations except Venezuela and Ecuador.

UPDATED 22 AUGUST 2012, TO CONFIRM CROSS TRADING WAS PART OF THE FULL PLAY AGENCY