LaLiga set to kick off with no UK TV coverage


Spain’s top football division is set to kick off with no UK TV coverage after LaLiga officials refused to award a deal due to what it described as a lack of satisfactory bidders.

Last season started with online streaming operation Eleven Sports snatching the exclusive live rights from long-term holders Sky Sports.

But Eleven struggled to attract subscribers and failed to secure a television channel slot on either the Sky or BT platform and the rights had to be renegotiated.

The season ended with Eleven sharing the rights with Premier Sports and ITV 4.

The rights to all LaLiga matches were put up for grabs again this summer with UK broadcasters having until July 25 to make their bids.

“After assessing all bids and required additional documentation from participating bidders, LaLiga has declared the tender null and void because no satisfactory bids were received.” Joris Evers, head of communications for the league, said

“LaLiga thanks all participants in the tender for their interest and shall inform soon about next steps,” he added.

It now remains to be seen whether a new UK TV deal can be agreed in time for the season kick-off on August 16.

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