Spain: Telefónica secures La Liga until 2027
January 19, 2024
From David Del Valle in Madrid
La Liga had called a public tender to award these rights from January 2025 and the two following years, as obliged by the CNMC. The regulator argued that in the previous public tender Telefónica had to meet legal limits for its acquisition of Digital Plus and was not allowed to buy TV rights for more than three years. Once those limits were scrapped, Telefónica was free to acquire the rights for a longer period – which is why a new public tender was called, with the operator gaining the rights.