Bolivian Football Federation to receive TV rights bids on Friday

The Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) is to receive offers on Friday for broadcast rights to its top-tier División Profesional.

The FBF has invited bids for the rights from 2021 to 2024.

Following an executive committee meeting yesterday (Tuesday), the FBF said that the bidding envelopes would be opened in a “public and transparent” manner. An operational committee, including three FBF executive committee members and three club representatives, is overseeing the process.

The FBF recently reclaimed control over the División Profesional rights from 2021 onwards. The rights reclamation stripped the league’s 14 clubs of negotiating their own broadcast rights in favour of placing the collective negotiating power with the FBF.

The SportTV Rights agency currently holds the rights in an agreement worth $4.1m (€3.7m) per season. The agency last year became embroiled in a dispute with the FBF over rights fee payments.

It has been reported that the FBF is looking for as much as $10m per season during the new cycle.

The incumbent has registered its interest in the rights going forward, as have US-based broadcasts groups ESPN and Turner. Telecoms operators Comteco, Entel and Fecotel have also registered, along with commercial broadcaster Unitel, pay-television broadcasters GolTV and Tigo Sport, and Nexus Sports.