Public broadcaster TVE has acquired the rights to the Spain’s qualifying matches for Euro 2016 and the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
The contract covers at least ten games, although the total could swell to 12 should La Roja qualify for either tournament via the play-offs, according to a Rapidtvnews report. The rights span TV, radio, internet and mobile platforms, and include the production of games played in Spain.
The deal was struck with Uefa’s CAA Eleven agency and sees rivals network Mediaset left without exclusive rights to Spanish national soccer matches. The contract is also said to cover highlights from the tournaments’ other qualifying games.
The acquisition is thought to have caused unrest among privately owned networks in Spain, who claim TVE’s public funding allows them to offer disproportionately high fees for sports rights.