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RTVE picks up rights to new women’s Supercopa

Spanish public-service broadcaster RTVE has acquired rights to the inaugural edition of women’s club football competition, the Supercopa de España Femenina.

The competition is being launched this year in the same format as the revamped men’s event. The city of Salamanca is playing host from February 5-9, with Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Levante and Real Sociedad competing.

RTVE will broadcast coverage on free-to-air sports channel, Teledeporte.

RTVE’s rights are not exclusive across Spain as regional and thematic channels such as Catalonia’s TV3, the Basque Country’s ETB and Valencia’s A Punt C will all show matches.

The public broadcaster was among the networks to refuse to bid for the rights to the men’s event, which took place last month at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In November, RTVE joined the chorus of criticism concerning the Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) decision to stage the men’s Supercopa in Saudi Arabia, stating it would not bid for broadcast rights as this would be “incompatible” with its constitutional principles.