Spanish regulator asks LaLiga to alter rights tender details

The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y La Competencia, Spain’s competition regulator, has asked LaLiga, the Spanish football league, to alter details of a tender for unsold rights to the top two divisions in the country and the domestic Copa del Rey knockout competition.

Despite giving the tender its approval in principle, the CNMC said that several changes should be made before LaLiga puts the five packages on the market covering the three seasons from 2016-17 to 2018-19, according to the PRnoticias news website.

With two of the packages, the regulator asked LaLiga to clarify the criteria for the assessment of bids, while the watchdog also raised a question over exclusivity of the one package intended for subscription-based internet operators.

The CNMC said that pay-television operators should be barred from broadcasting matches in the final two rounds of the season.

The regulator also raised concerns about the increased number of Copa del Rey games available on pay-television platforms.