LaLiga lines up new domestic rights tender

LaLiga will launch a new tender process before the end of the year for the domestic media rights to Spanish club football from the 2016-17 season, according to El Pais.

The Spanish newspaper said the announcement was made yesterday (Wednesday) during the signing of a partnership between LaLiga and the Spanish Sports Council (CSD) through which Spanish football will grant financial assistance to other sports federations in the country.

El Pais said the new tender for national television rights will run for three seasons, from 2016-17 to 2018-19. The newspaper added that the estimated revenue per season from the tender runs from the €600m ($682.2m) gained during the first season of centralised selling, 2015-16, to €900m.

Telecommunications company Telefónica in July signed an agreement with LaLiga for the domestic pay-television rights to club football in the 2015-16 season.

The €600m agreement granted Telefónica the exclusive exploitation rights to the top two divisions of Spanish football, LaLiga and Segunda Division, along with all pay-television rights for Copa del Rey matches.