Eurovision Services, the business services arm of the European Broadcast Union, has agreed a deal with Spanish basketball’s governing body the Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto to distribute the broadcast signal to the 2019-20 Spanish basketball league season.
Eurovision Services will distribute the signal globally to a slew of ACB competitions, including the league competition Liga ACB, and cup competitions Copa del Rey and the Super Cup, totalling roughly 100 matches over the coming season.
The matches will be distributed via the Eurovision Global Network over satellite and fibre networks, along with internet and wireless technologies.
Joan Manel Carreras, ACB’s director of business development, said: “It’s our top priority to provide our rightsholding broadcasters with top-quality signals, using the prime satellites in each geographical region. We are confident that Eurovision Services will ensure a reliable service and support our transmission takers.”
The ACB reclaimed the international rights to Spanish league matches following the collapse of MP & Silva. The agency held the Liga ACB international rights, having signed an agreement in 2010, though the ACB took back control of its rights distribution in mid-2018.
Following the move to take the rights in-house, the ACB announced that Liga ACB basketball would be available in 140 countries and that revenues had improved, with most deals fixed to a three-season cycle between 2018-19 and 2020-21.
The Geneva-based Eurovision Services (previously Eurovision Media Services) was created in October 2018 after the EBU transferred its business services to the subsidiary.