Peruvian football federation to centralise domestic league rights

The Peruvian football federation, Federación Peruana de Fútbol, will assume control of the centralised television rights to the country’s top league, the Copa Movistar Torneo Descentralizado, from 2017, according to federation president Manuel Burga.

The rights for league matches are currently sold by clubs individually. The centralisation is on hold until 2017 because of existing rights deals between individual clubs and broadcasters.

“There are clubs that have contracts with (pay-television channel Movistar TV) through 2016,” Burga said, according to the website.

Peru’s top club, Universitario de Deportes, was last week reported to be close to a deal with commercial broadcaster America TV for its rights from the 2013 onwards, worth between $2.5 million (€1.9 million) and $3 million per season. The club currently has a deal with Movistar TV, which is owned by the Telefónica media group.