Discovery picks up Spanish Supercopa rights in Norway

Discovery, the international broadcaster that owns Eurosport, has acquired rights in the Norway to the Spanish Supercopa club football competition.

The three-year deal will cover the editions of the tournament spanning the 2019-20 to 2021-22 seasons, during which time the event will be held in Saudi Arabia.

In Norway, the Supercopa will be covered by Eurosport Norge and subscription streaming service Dplay, commencing on Wednesday with the first semi-final match between Real Madrid and Valencia.

Discovery has also secured the rights elsewhere in the Nordic region.

Tender documents for the international rights were issued on November 12, with bidders set a November 28 deadline for first-round bids. Rights in the Nordic countries were split up into country-specific packages in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The RFEF invited broadcasters to bid for the rights to three editions of the tournament.

In November, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) signed a three-year deal to stage its revamped Supercopa in Saudi Arabia, stating the agreement would lead to the launch of a new women’s tournament and boost Spain’s bid to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup.

The contract with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation will run from 2019-20 to 2021-22. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Atlético Madrid will take part in this season’s tournament, with Saudi Arabia said to have presented a better financial offer than interest registered from India, China and Qatar.

The Supercopa is being contested in a ‘Final Four’ format instead of the traditional meeting of the reigning LaLiga and Copa del Rey champions on the eve of the domestic season.