RCS-RDS picks up Romanian football package

Romanian pay-television broadcaster RCS-RDS has agreed a sublicensing deal with media company Intel Sky Broadcasting for rights to the domestic Liga 1 top-tier and Cupa Ligii knockout football tournaments.

RCS-RDS will exploit the rights via its Digi Sport platform and said that the content would be available as a free add-on to subscribers.

The deal will run until the end of the 2018-19 season. The Capital.ro website said that RCS-RDS had agreed to pay €12m ($14.9m) for the rights.

In March, start-up Intel Sky was surprisingly awarded the rights covering the two domestic tournaments by Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal, the operator of the Romanian top flight and league cup competitions. The agreement runs for five years, from 2014-15 through to 2018-19.