Turner to review Superliga broadcast in wake of president’s FTA plea

Pay-television broadcaster Turner has consulted with its Argentinian arm to decide how best to respond to calls from the country’s president for top-tier Superliga football matches to be broadcast on free-to-air platforms in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The president, Alberto Fernandez, implored rights-holders to make Superliga matches available on a free-to-air platform after announcing that Superliga matches were to be played behind-closed-doors indefinitely.

Turner, which holds 50 per cent of the rights to the Superliga, announced on Twitter that it would meet with TNT Sports, its Argentinian subsidiary, today (Tuesday) to discuss how it would handle Fernandez’s request though, at the time of writing, has given no concrete indication as to what this will entail.

The announcement read: “Turner Argentina will meet with TNT Sports distributors across the country to decide the appropriate way to enable more people to access [our] content temporarily.”

Turner jointly holds the rights to the Superliga with Fox Sports Argentina which the pair acquired in a five-year deal, starting in 2017. The deal includes an option to extend for a further five years which could see it through to the end of the 2026-27 season.