Sneyers hints at Fox interest in Belgian Pro League rights

Ludwig Sneyers, the chief executive of the Belgian Pro League, the country’s top football league, has said that the Fox International Channels broadcast subsidiary of media conglomerate News Corporation is a “potential buyer” of the next cycle of domestic rights, according to the Het Laatste Nieuws news website.

“Fox already has an office in Antwerp and [general entertainment channel] Fox Life is available on [pay-television operator] Telenet,” he said. “It could therefore be a potential buyer. We have not yet started negotiations with Fox, but I must admit that we know them very well and we rub shoulders with them regularly.”

The next cycle of rights will cover three seasons, from 2014-15 to 2016-17.

In the current cycle, Telenet has rights in Belgium’s Flemish-speaking region of Flanders and has sublicensed rights in the French-speaking region of Wallonia to pay-television broadcaster Voo. Telenet also sublicensed its free-to-air highlights to public-service broadcaster RTBF in Wallonia and commercial broadcaster VTM in Flanders. Belgacom, which operates in both Flanders and Wallonia, acquired non-exclusive live rights.