Spanish federation 'still waiting for Supercopa rights bids'
There are increasing doubts over whether there will be live television coverage in Spain of soccer’s Supercopa de España, the contest between the winners of LaLiga and the Copa del Rey, with two leading candidates unwilling to submit bids, it has been reported.
The RFEF, the Spanish soccer federation, launched the tender for the rights last week, setting a deadline of this Friday for offers to be submitted.
However, the decision to stage the match between Barcelona and Sevilla as a one-off contest in Tangier in Morocco on 12 August appears to have deterred bidders, with no offers received as yet, according to the El Español newspaper
Indeed, it is claimed that Telefónica, which broadcasts top soccer on pay-TV service Movistar Plus, and Mediapro, the Spanish sports rights agency and production company with various TV outlets, are not prepared to enter the race.
The Supercopa has traditionally been played over two legs at the home grounds of the two participating teams, but the RFEF opted to stage this year’s game at a neutral foreign venue, a decision opposed by Sevilla and one that will entail higher production costs, given the need to transport personnel, mobile units and cameras to North Africa, and pay for the international satellite signal.
The absence of Telefónica and Mediapro would appear to limit the field to Spanish commercial broadcaster Mediaset España, which showed last year’s Supercopa matches on free-to-air channel Telecinco, Atresmedia, the owner of commercial broadcaster Antena 3, and TVE, the country’s public-service broadcaster.
However, interest could be limited given that Mediaset has just broadcast the World Cup, Atresmedia has lost rights to the Champions League and TVE has been economising in the face of funding cuts.
In the tender issued last Friday, the RFEF anticipated evaluating the bids for the Supercopa rights on 23 July, and making an award on 27 July.
The federation has yet to confirm the time and venue for next month's match.