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Mediapro and beIN secure Spanish Champions League rights – reports

The Mediapro agency and beIN Media Group have retained their hold on the rights to the Uefa Champions League club football competition in Spain, according to multiple reports.

European football’s governing body Uefa last month launched a tender process for broadcast rights to the Champions League and Europa League in Spain across the three seasons from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

BeIN and Mediapro are the current holders of pay-television Champions League rights across the 2015-16 to 2017-18 seasons, with commercial broadcaster Atresmedia and Catalan public-service broadcaster TV3 holding free-to-air rights.

Spanish newspaper El Economista said Mediapro and beIN have agreed to pay more than €1bn ($1.12bn) for the Champions League rights, a 30 per cent increase on the current agreement.

Confirmation of the deal would mean that the Champions League rights would be awarded solely to pay-television for the first time in Spain.