Movistar Plus picks up Serie A, Ligue 1 rights

Spanish telco Telefónica will this week assume full control of Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1 rights in the country.

The rights had been held by the joint venture between agency Mediapro and pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports, but have not been fully exploited since the two parties scaled back their channel operations in the country.

Mediapro/beIN had been broadcasting about three games per match-week on their Gol and BeIN Connect platforms; Telefónica had already picked up rights to several unbroadcast Serie A matches.

Coverage will begin on Telefónica’s Movistar Plus platform on Friday and run at least until the end of the season.

The deals further strengthen Movistar Plus’ football rights portfolio, which includes LaLiga, Segunda División and Copa del Rey, as well as the Uefa Champions League, Europa League, German Bundesliga and English Premier League.

Most recent

Amazon secured Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour rights in the UK for the 2020-23 cycle with a bid nearly 60 per cent higher than incumbent pay-television broadcaster BT Sport's current fee, SportBusiness Media understands, as the tech and ecommerce giant moves to establish a dominant position in UK tennis broadcasting.

The Italian competition authority’s investigation into the sale of rights for Serie A is ostensibly a disaster for MP & Silva and B4 and a let-off for IMG. But MP & Silva and B4 are no longer active and IMG could yet face a major problem. The agency could be hit with a substantial damages claim by the league for lost earnings.

Pay-television broadcaster All Media Baltics used its pan-regional competitive advantage to retain  English Premier League’s rights in the Baltics without a hefty increase in cost.

DAZN picks up Copa América at bargain price as rivals focus elsewhere DAZN, Sky, Mediaset bid for International Champions Cup Rai to share Women’s World Cup with Sky, show Uefa U21s exclusively Pr