Mediaset snaps up Euro 2016 rights to end Spanish stand-off

Spanish commercial broadcaster Mediaset has acquired rights for the Uefa Euro 2016 national team football tournament.

Mediaset struck the deal with the CAA Eleven agency, which was selling the rights on behalf of Uefa, football’s European governing body.

The package includes live coverage of 23 games on television and online platforms.

Spain was the final major European market without a rights deal in place for the competition, which will run from June 10 to July 10.

Mediaset and CAA Eleven had struggled to agree a rights fee, with the broadcaster saying in April that the offer on the table would “seriously damage the profitability of the company".

Although the final fee was not disclosed, Mediaset said that the deal represented a “fair price.”

Spain has won the previous two editions of the tournament.