Mediapro, Canal+ Owner Prisa Reach Agreement On Spanish Football Rights
Media companies Mediapro and Prisa have "reached an agreement to end their war over football TV rights that threatened to interfere with the broadcast of La Liga games, which will start later in August," according to Ignacio del Castillo of EXPANSION. Prisa, which owns pay-TV channel Canal+, has paid Mediapro €88M plus VAT for payments that Canal+ failed to make in June and July. The agreement that Mediapro accepted "was proposed by Spanish Superior Sports Council (CSD) Secretary Miguel Cardenal" (EXPANSION, 7/31). FOOTBALL ESPANA reported Mediapro and Prisa "had to call in independent mediators" in the form of the Int'l Chamber of Commerce to resolve the disagreement over broadcast rights for the '12-13, '13-14 and '14-15 seasons. The agreement reached this week sees Canal+ permitted to broadcast all games in the Primera and Segunda Division for the next two seasons (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 8/1).
BARCELONA, REAL MADRID FEATURED: PR NOTICIAS reported thanks to the agreement, Canal+ will have "exclusive rights on Sundays to La Liga sides Real Madrid and Barcelona games, with a total of 22 broadcasts featuring one of those clubs, six more than last season." Canal+ will offer customers a package including eight games per weekend at a price of €16.95 ($22.43) per month. Three of the eight games, including one featuring Barcelona or Real Madrid, will be shown on Canal+'s Liga channel, with the remaining five weekend games airing on Canal+'s Liga 2 channel (PR NOTICIAS, 8/1).