L'Equipe nets exclusive Copa del Rey and Supercopa rights in France
L’Equipe, the free-to-air digital terrestrial television channel in France, has acquired exclusive media rights to the Copa del Rey, Spanish soccer's domestic cup competition, until the end of the 2021-22 season.
The agreement, which also includes the annual Supercopa de Espana, begins with this year's final, the Basque derby between Atletico Bilbao and Real Sociedad, which will be played when fans are allowed back into stadia in Spain.
L'Equipe will show around 20 matches per season from the round of 32 onwards, with the contract also allowing for non-exclusive coverage in Luxembourg, as per the terms of the tender launched by the RFEF, the Spanish soccer federation, back in September.
Copa del Rey matches up to and including the semi-finals have previously been shown in France by BeIN Sports, but rival pay-TV operator Canal Plus aired the final and Supercopa.
That was because the RFEF traditionally sold international rights to just the Copa del Rey final, packaged with the Supercopa, but ahead of the 2019-20 season it reclaimed full media distribution rights to the competition which, with the exception of the final, were previously handled by LaLiga.
The Copa del Rey was revamped for this season with the number of participating clubs increasing from 83 to 116, but with the leading teams having to play fewer matches overall.
The Supercopa used to feature the winners of LaLiga and the Copa del Rey but has now been expanded to four teams, and the next edition is due to take place in Saudi Arabia for the second successive year as part of a three-year deal.Sportcal