Esporte Interativo confirms Campeonato Brasileiro rights bid

Brazilian sports broadcaster Esporte Interativo has confirmed it has submitted a bid of R$550m (€126m/$139m) per year to secure the pay-television rights to Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, the top division of Brazilian football.

The rights would cover six years, from 2019 to 2024, and the income would be divided equally amongst the 20 competing clubs.

Esporte Interativo said that the offer is significantly higher than the R$98m per season set to be offered by incumbent rights-holder, media company Globo, for the pay-television rights.

Globo said that it would not comment on ongoing negotiations, but added that it had invested in Brazilian football for 30 years.

Globo currently has the pay-television and free-to-air Serie A rights through to the 2018 season of the league.

The Maquina do Esporte website previously reported that five clubs – Atlético-PR, Bahia, Coritiba, Grêmio and Santos – favour Esporte Interativo’s proposal, while eight teams – Atlético-MG, Botafogo, Corinthians, Cruzeiro, Fluminense, Sport, Vasco and Vitória – are backing Globo’s proposal.