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Spanish telco Telefónica will hold steady its per-year outlay on Formula One rights in its renewal for the 2021-23 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Spanish telco Telefónica has agreed to pay a modest per-season uplift to renew its exclusive NBA rights in Spain for the 2020-23 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

Spanish telco Telefónica will pay an unchanged fee to renew its rights to the nation’s top tier of domestic basketball after agreeing a three-season extension with the Liga ACB.

The Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia’s (CNMC) decision to extend telco Telefónica’s content-sharing requirement until at least 2023 will limit the extent of the telco’s Spanish market dominance. But many of its rivals are still calling for a comprehensive review into the telco’s position.

Spanish telco Telefónica, which owns Movistar, has capitalised on a lack of competitive bids to acquire Uefa’s club rights in the 2021-24 cycle.

DAZN, the OTT subscription platform, and telco Telefónica have signed a sprawling alliance that could change the face of Spain’s sports broadcasting landscape, beginning with an exclusive sublicensing de…

Spanish telco Telefónica has reported a small fall in Spanish pay-television subscribers but has expressed confidence in its future financial stability thanks to reductions in recent premium sports rights …

Spanish telco Telefónica has renewed its exclusive rights to Formula 1 in Spain for a further three years.

Telecoms operator Telefónica has renewed its NBA broadcast rights in Spain for a further three-season cycle, taking the pair’s relationship to 25 years.

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) accepted a fee from telco Telefónica for Supercopa de España domestic rights that was just half its original target, driven by a dearth of competition for the property.

Spain’s Mediapro agency has again acquired LaLiga’s package of live, free-to-air Primera División matches, paying a similar fee in the 2019-22 cycle as it did in 2016-19. The sale of this package to Mediapro – alongside one containing free-to-air rights to two Segunda División matches per match-week – closes LaLiga’s domestic tender for the cycle.

Euroleague Ventures – the joint venture between Euroleague Basketball and the IMG agency –secured a robust price from sports streaming service DAZN for the 2019-20 to 2022-23 rights cycle in Spain despite an initially unpromising market outlook, SportBusiness Media understands.

Spain’s Mediapro agency and public broadcaster TVE will likely try again to acquire LaLiga’s two unsold domestic free-to-air rights packages for the 2019-20 to 2021-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands.

DAZN’s willingness to pay an increased rights fee – and its low price point for consumers – were the crucial factors in its successful bid for MotoGP rights in Spain this month. DAZN

Streaming platform DAZN’s impending launch in Spain helped the English Premier League to another great result for its media rights in the country. DAZN will pay about €23m ($27.2m)

Increased exclusivity encouraged telco Telefónica to maintain its fee to renew Formula One media rights in Spain this month despite a dearth of competition.

Mike Kiernan reviews television audiences across the big five markets for the recently concluded Formula One World Championship

Will Partington, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, examines television audiences for motorcycling’s MotoGP World Championship in selected European markets.

The Euroleague has earned an increase of almost 170 per cent on the value of its media rights in Spain, reviving the property’s fortunes in the territory after a tough sales process last time.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas this week described the Spanish league’s new domestic media rights deals as “historic” in terms of income and the completion of the move to collective selling.

England’s Premier League has almost doubled its income in recently-agreed deals covering 11 territories across Europe.

Interview with LaLiga president Javier Tebas on the first centralised tender for Spanish domestic football rights.

Spain’s top-tier basketball league, the Liga ACB, this week defended its decision to switch coverage exclusively to pay-television from next season following a three-season deal with telco Telefónica.

Interview with Mario Hernando, director of media (communications and TV) at Spain’s top-tier basketball Liga ACB, about its move to pay-television in this month’s deal with telco Telefónica.

Spain’s LaLiga has leapfrogged Italy’s Serie A in media rights income to become Europe’s second most valuable league following deals agreed in recent weeks.

Spanish football’s ongoing rights shake-up continued during a fortnight in which collective selling was brought forward by the league and Mediapro was appointed its international marketing partner.

The Royal Decree that paves the way for the collective selling of Spanish Liga media rights generated fallout – a week of strike threats, insults and posturing by all sides – which diverted attention from what remains a momentous change in Spanish football.

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.