Gary Lineker will host top live LaLiga action after a surprise announcement that he will join the Spanish league’s TV channel.
LaLiga TV has confirmed Lineker has agreed a “multi-year deal” to present key fixtures as well as featuring on the VIVA LaLiga TV programme.
He’ll continue to host the BBC’s Match of the Day Premier League highlights and live FA Cup coverage. His contract with the corporation is not exclusive and was recently extended – see HERE.
Lineker will no longer be part of BT Sport’s Champions League coverage after announcing in the summer he was leaving the broadcaster despite a generous offer to stay – see HERE.
The former Barcelona striker said he was “thrilled” to be part of LaLiga TV and had watched the channel “every weekend for the last two seasons”.
LaLiga TV is available in the UK through Premier Sports and Amazon Prime Video Channels. It screens every LaLiga TV game live (although games which clash with the UK’s 3pm Saturday blackout restrictions are screened on delay). Some matches are shown free-to-air on Premier’s spin-off channel FreeSports.
This season’s LaLiga fixtures kick off on Friday August 13.
Premier Sports has sealed a deal to show live La Liga action for the next three seasons – with selected games being shown free-to-air on sister channel FreeSports.
It means every La Liga game will be shown on UK TV live, apart from those that clash with the 3pm Saturday blackout period which will be shown on delay.
In addition to games shown on Premier, LaLiga TV – a 24-hour dedicated channel to Spain’s top division – will also be available to Premier subscribers, initially on the online Premier Player and soon as part of a Premier bundle of channels on Sky. Virgin will also offer it at a later date.
LaLiga TV shows live games as well as magazine shows LaLiga World, VIVA LaLiga and The LaLiga Show.
The deal ends an uncertain time for LaLiga on UK TV after it refused to award the rights due to what the league described as unsatisfactory bids from broadcasters.
A short-term deal saw matches from the first three match rounds shown on live on ITV 4 free-to-air.
It’s not clear how many free-to-air matches will be shown by Premier, but over the next couple of weekends they are making two games available live on FreeSports.
FreeSports will show a weekly La Liga highlights show as well.
The first game of the new agreement is on Friday (September 13) with Mallorca v Athletic Club on FreeSports and Premier Sports 1.
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