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La Liga pens five-year Brazilian rights deal with ESPN and Fox Sports

La Liga has struck a five-year rights deal with the Walt Disney Company that will see Spanish soccer’s top flight broadcast in Brazil on ESPN and Fox Sports.

The new agreement, which kicked off in time for the start of the 2020/21 season and runs until the end of the 2025/26 campaign, sees the two networks continue as La Liga’s principal broadcaster in the country.

ESPN had previously signed a five-year contract in 2015, which also saw it sublicense certain rights to Fox.

Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019 means Fox Sports joins ESPN under the media giant’s banner. Disney was the only company to show any concrete interest in La Liga’s Brazilian rights, according to Máquina do Esporte, which added that talks had dragged on in recent weeks as Disney looked to secure a reduced rights fee.

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Financial terms of the new deal have not been disclosed.

In addition, satellite television operator DirecTV will continue to broadcast all of ESPN’s La Liga matches in Brazil via its pay-TV service and DirecTV Go over-the-top (OTT) streaming platform.

The agreement also covers the wider Latin America market and runs until the end of the 2025/26 campaign, with previews, post-shows and other original content to feature.

 

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