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Turner and Fox make April payment for Argentinian Superliga rights

Fox Sports and Turner Broadcasting, the US-headquartered domestic rights-holders of the Argentinian Superliga, have paid their instalments for April.

The combined sum is believed to be worth AR$470m ($7.15m/€6.6m) with Fox and Turner both settling their payments this week, according to various reports in Argentina.

Media company TyC Sports was also said to have paid its instalment for the second-tier Primera Nacional league and third-tier Primera B. The latest payments for those leagues were worth AR$2.4m per club and AR$1m, respectively, according to the Telam news agency.

Both Fox and Turner had previously pledged to waive subscribers’ fees to the ‘Football Pack’ which is offered through various pay-television providers throughout Argentina.

The move saved subscribers the $665 monthly outlay for the service. Both companies are believed to be open to extending this gesture should the postponement of the Superliga season be extended.

The pair acquired the domestic rights to the Argentine Superliga in a five-year deal which is set to expire after the 2021-22 season, though the broadcasters have the option to renew for a further five seasons.

The deal was brokered by the Torneos and Grupo Clarín agencies.

International broadcast rights to the league are held by Torneos. The Superliga recently scrapped its widely-criticised sales process for the rights from 2020-21 onwards.