Spanish Public Broadcaster TVE Wins Rights To La Roja's Euro '16, '18 World Cup Qualifiers
The Spanish national team "is returning to TVE," according to Patricia Cazón of AS. Spain's public broadcaster "has finally acquired the rights to the national team's qualifiers for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup." The deal is "reportedly worth around" €35M ($48M). TVE said in a statement that it "acquired the rights due to its level of interest in sports and society's evident interest in football." TVE "insisted that its acquisition fits with a mandate from '07 establishing public TV's emphasis on sports competition in which Spanish national teams compete." The agreement between UEFA and TVE includes 10 games per qualifier cycle (Euro 2016 qualifiers will run from September-Nov. '15 and qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup will take place from Sept. '16-Nov. '17) (AS, 5/15).