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ITV seal short-term La Liga deal

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ITV has struck what appears to be a short-term deal to show the opening few matches from the new La Liga season.

UK TV fans were facing a blackout from the Spanish competition after La Liga said no “satisfactory” bids had been made by broadcasters when the rights were put up for grabs in the summer.

ITV and Premier Sports stepped in to take on some live games in the final months of last season after online-only subscription service Eleven Sports flopped.

Eleven were showing all La Liga matches outside the UK Saturday 3pm-5pm blackout period after wrestling exclusive rights from Sky Sports which had shown the competition for more than 20 years.

Only three games have been confirmed as being shown on ITV 4 from the new season with discussions believed to be on-going for a longer-term arrangement.

ITV 4’S CONFIRMED LA LIGA GAMES

  • Friday August 16
  • 8pm Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona
  • Sunday August 25
  • 8pm Barcelona v Real Betis
  • Sunday September 1
  • 8pm Villarreal v Real Madrid

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LaLiga set to kick off with no UK TV coverage

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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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