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EURO 2016

Spain yet to resolve Euro 2016 local broadcast rights

Spain is the only of the 24 qualified nations yet to ratify on what networks the tournament will be broadcast. Atresmedia (free to air) and beIN (pay network) are leading candidates.

España, que ha ganado las dos últimas Eurocopas, aún no sabe dónde podrá ver los partidos de este verano.
Juan Flor

With Euro 2016 getting under way on June 10th, Spain is the only one of the 24 qualified nations yet to resolve local broadcast issues. Spanish law dictates that 'La Roja's' games must be televised on free to air channels but where the rest of the tournament can be seen remains uncertain.

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UEFA sold broadcast packages in two batches, one including a minimum of 23 games on free to air networks and another including 28 games available to pay channels. In the majority of other European nations free to air and pay channels have come together to make collective bids for the broadcast rights. In Spain this has not been the case with each network operator bidding in isolation.

Al Jazeera owned BeIN Sports at present is in pole position to secure the pay channel package and once secured the remaining package will be a tussle between Atresmedia and Mediaset with state network TVE withdrawing interest in televising the competition some time ago.

With the tournament getting under way in just over a month it is anticipated that the broadcast issues will be resolved in early May giving the rights owners sufficient time to begin their respective build up to the competition which kicks off with France taking on Romania in Paris .


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