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Telefónica’s acquisition of all rights to two Primera Liga clubs, and its bid to acquire the rights to Spanish giant Barcelona, are aimed at strengthening the telco’s position ahead of changes in the domestic broadcast market.

The German Bundesliga is set to more than double its international rights value from 2015-16 onwards following a host of deals agreed in recent weeks.

The Mediapro agency has acquired the domestic and international media rights to 39 of the 42 clubs from the Primera Liga and Segunda Liga, the top two divisions of Spanish club football, in one season-deals for the 2015-16 season.

Telefónica piles more pressure on Prisa with exclusive deals for Formula One and MotoGP in Spain

Prisa stake at the centre of battle for control of Spanish pay-TV market as Canal Plus spends on rights

Spain’s competition regulator, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y La Competencia, has fined telco Telefónica and pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus €15.5m ($17.1m) for alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the exploitation of football rights for the three seasons from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

Telecommunications companies Vodafone and Orange have submitted appeals in Spain’s High Court over rival Telefónica’s takeover of pay-television broadcaster Canal Plus, according to daily newspaper El Economista.

Subscribers to Spanish pay-television operator Canal Plus will be able to access Formula One and MotoGP content provided by Movistar TV from next month, according to multiple reports.

Spanish pay-television operator Canal Plus has acquired rights to the 2015 edition of pre-season club football competition the International Champions Cup.


Basketball’s Euroleague gains in France and Spain by dropping traditional partners

IMG sells the Premier League rights in Spain