Weak competition for Europa League rights in Spain forced Uefa into lengthy negotiations with the beIN Media Group and the Mediapro agency, who were bidding jointly. A deal was eventually agreed last week.
Spanish club Barcelona said this week that the planned return to collective selling would help La Liga to eventually match or exceed the media-rights income of Italy’s Serie A, but that it would require the country’s pay-television industry to be much stronger.
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.
Spanish agency Mediapro will dilute the exclusivity of its new Formula One channel in Latin America with a sublicensing deal because it felt the offer from Fox Sports was too good to refuse.
Uefa earned a strong increase in its Champions League rights fee in Spain last week, with most industry insiders believing it had Qatari broadcaster beIN Media Group to thank.
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.
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Mediapro explains why F1 deal reflects the company’s DNA
Interview with Gerard Romy, managing director of Mediapro, following the company’s Formula One rights deal in Central and South America, and the Caribbean
Prisa stake at the centre of battle for control of Spanish pay-TV market as Canal Plus spends on rights
Mediapro sees margins trimmed but still makes profit on F1 as its sell on the rights in Spain
Mediapro's Romy on World Cup channel plans
Real and Sevilla will appeal antitrust fines
Interview with Gerard Romy, managing director of Spanish agency Mediapro, on its deal with Atresmedia and plans to launch a sports channel.
The Prisa and Mediapro compromise over payments is not the end of the dispute
Mediapro renews F1 deal in Spain but for smaller package
Mediaset Spain bags cut-price Fifa World Cup and French Open tennis rights
Spanish market proving difficult for sellers of the rights to the Fifa World Cup and French Open tennis