La Liga chief warns that Super League could destroy domestic competitions

Spanish top flight president has revealed damning results of an independent reportPresident of La Liga, Javier Tebas, has said that a future European Super League could "destroy" domestic leagues on the continent, when discussing revelations from a recent report conducted by independent consultancy firm KPMG.According to the results of KPMG's report, the introduction of the ESL would cost the Spanish top flight 55% of its revenue, and that clubs not participating could lose up to 64% of their value.The European Super League dropped like a nuclear bomb in April 2021 when 12 of the biggest clubs from Spain, England, Germany...

Bolton Wanderers CEO urges EFL clubs to scrap 3pm blackout

Neil Hart has called on members of the Football League to "be brave" and make changes to broadcasting rulesNeil Hart, Chief Executive of League One side Bolton Wanderers, has asked the other clubs in the English Football League (EFL) to "be brave" and back new proposals which would bring to an end the infamous 3pm TV blackout.The "blackout" refers to the rule which bars broadcasters from airing coverage of matches taking place between 2.45pm and 5.15pm on Saturdays. This window eliminates the chance for games from the Championship, League One and League Two with 3pm kickoffs to be broadcast on...

FIFA+ streaming all Qatar World Cup matches FREE in Brazil

The global governing body is making all 64 games available via its live streaming platform in PortugueseFootball fans in Brazil are able to live stream every game from the FIFA World Cup in Qatar completely free on FIFA+ in the Portuguese language.World football's governing body is placing all 64 games on its OTT platform to enjoy for free throughout the winter tournament. These matches are available with Portuguese commentary and analysis.This doesn't affect the deal between FIFA and local pay-TV provider Globo, which is still broadcasting every game across its linear and digital platforms for its subscribers.Embed from Getty ImagesHowever,...

BeIN Sports airs 22 Qatar World Cup matches for free in the MENA region

Fans living in the Middle East and North Africa enjoy coverage from the Qatari broadcaster at no costQatari pay-TV network and FIFA broadcast partner for the MENA region, BeIN Sports, has been showing World Cup 2022 matches completely free throughout the tournament.In total, BeIN Sports will air 22 matches at no cost for people living in the Middle East and North Africa, having started their free coverage with the tournament's opening game between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.The pay-TV giant will go on to show more games as the tournament continues, while the majority will remain behind a subscription paywall. In...

Serie A boss wants more time for broadcasters to bid on domestic rights

Luigi De Servio urges Italian government to extend bidding process and tackle piracy in order to generate greater revenuesThe CEO of the Italian top flight, Luigi De Servio, has told an Italian news outlet that the league needs more time to negotiate domestic broadcast rights deals. He feels that given more time to deliberate, potential partners would be more inclined to bid for the rights.Currently, Serie A is only allowed to take offers from broadcasters for three years each domestic rights cycle. De Siervo is attempting to convince the government to increase this to five years, in the hope of...

Saudi Arabia fans unable to watch Qatar World Cup

Media minstry blocks access to beIN SPORTS streaming service on eve of the tournamentSaudi Arabian football fans have been left frustrated by their inability to follow their nation's impressive performance at the Qatar World Cup, after the Saudi Media Ministry reportedly cut off access to TOD.tv, the beIN SPORTS online platform.Saudi Arabia pulled off a huge shock by beating tournament favourites Argentina 2-1 in their first game of the tournament, putting them in a great position to make it to the second round for the first time since 1994.Embed from Getty ImagesHowever, according to reports, the TOD.tv service was blocked...

La BBC y la ITV llegan a un nuevo acuerdo con la UEFA para la Euro 2024 y la Euro 2028

Las cadenas públicas británicas seguirán emitiendo los campeonatos europeos en abiertoTras firmar un nuevo acuerdo con la UEFA, la BBC y la ITV han confirmado que seguirán siendo el hogar del Campeonato Europeo de la UEFA durante al menos las dos próximas ediciones.No debería sorprender a nadie que la BBC y la ITV estuvieran desesperadas por mantener los derechos de la Eurocopa tras el éxito de la última edición. La Euro 2020, retrasada por la pandemia de Covid-19, y que finalmente se jugó este verano, tuvo altísimas audiencias en ambos canales. La final, en la que Inglaterra perdió contra Italia,...

World Cup fans left angered by SBS streaming glitch in England game

Viewers watching the Three Lions take on the USA saw the feed cut out towards the end of the matchAustralian public service broadcaster SBS is in hot water after its live stream coverage of England's 0-0 draw with the United States went down during a crucial time.With the two sides deadlocked and only a few minutes left in the match, the live stream on the SBS website and app cut out, leaving fans unable to follow the rest of the action and forced to vent their frustrations online.The free-to-air TV network is the exclusive rights holder to the Qatar World...

What does Stephen Kenny think Ireland have learned from their friendly games?

One win and one loss from two friendlies while England and Wales head to Qatar for the 2022 World CupWhat has Stephen Kenny learned about his Ireland side during recent friendlies against Norway and Malta? Not very much.While the likes of England and Wales were preparing to begin their respective campaigns in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last week, Ireland played out two friendlies against Norway and Malta. The Irish team was expected to have an easy win over Malta as the odds were in their favour, however, this wasn’t a game at an online casino Ireland, so odds,...

Bayer Leverkusen CEO believes Bundesliga TV rights undervalued

Fernando Carro wants to see the German top flight compete more closely with La Liga and the Premier LeagueThe German Bundesliga earns around €270m per season from global TV rights. This figure pales in comparison to the €900 which La Liga generates, and the whopping €2bn per season which the English Premier League brings in.Statistics like these are troubling for many stakeholders in the German game, including Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro. The Spaniard recently gave an interview to Bulinews in which he bemoaned this disparity. He said he seems huge potential for growth for the Bundesliga around the world,...

British government to consider protecting major football rights online

Sporting events with the biggest public interest already must appear on free-to-air television in the UKThe British government has confirmed it is set to discuss protecting online rights to major sporting events, including football, to ensure they are available to the public via free-to-air channels.The biggest events in the sporting calendar, including the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics, are protected under British law and therefore are required to be accessible to all members of the public on free television.Embed from Getty ImagesFor this reason, the competitions in question cannot sell their broadcast rights to pay-TV broadcasters. That is why...

Viaplay targeting EFL TV rights in the UK

Nordic streaming service set to challenge Sky Sports for domestic Football League rightsViaplay are reportedly looking to bid for broadcast rights to the English Football League (EFL). The streaming giant has already made considerable waves by buying up rights packages left and right across Europe and is now said to be eyeing up the EFL.Current rights holder Sky Sports will face fresh competition from the Nordic-based company for the next rights cycle, which will affect the 2024/25 season and on.Viaplay, owned by NENT, already won the domestic broadcast rights to European and World Cup qualifiers for home nations Scotland, Wales...

Head of Serie A celebrates as Italian police take down piracy network

Luigi De Siervo was one of many stakeholders in the Italian game to welcome news of the crackdown on a huge TV piracy gangCompetitions and broadcasters surrounding Italian football have welcomed news that the country's police have dismantled what they called the its biggest network of online piracy.The criminal gang in question was said to have more 900,000 active users and bring in more than €10m per month in profits for its members. The network reportedly found joy recruiting punters on the social media app Telegram.Embed from Getty ImagesAs well as Italian football matches, the group made films, series and...

Best free football to live stream this weekend

Great matches from across Europe to watch completely free on any deviceThe weekend is here and that can mean only one thing - football. We've put together an unbeatable schedule of outstanding matches for you to sit back and enjoy throughout Saturday. The best part? They are all absolutely free to watch. You don't have to pay a penny to the broadcasters.All you have to do to watch these matches is quickly, easily and legally change your internet location using our VPN partner. Then you can stream until your heart is content.Here's how to access free football live streams this...

NWSL Championship game smashes league viewership record on CBS

The final of the NWSL season was watched by 915k viewers on Paramount-owned channelThe championship game of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States last week broke records for viewership on CBS, further demonstrating the growth in popularity of women's football.Numbers reported by the Paramount-owned linear TV channel CBS showed that it attracted 915,000 viewers to its coverage of the NWSL Championship game from Audi Field in Washington, D.C. last Monday night.While the matchday attendance failed to reach the stadium's capacity of 20,000 and was indeed lower than all other playoff matches, the television audience flocked to...

Movistar+ picks up Copa del rey rights in Spain

Pay-TV giant will air matches from the Spanish cup throughout the next three seasonsThe world famous Copa del Rey will be broadcast on Movistar+ for the next three seasons after the Telefonica-owned pay-TV goliath picked up the TV rights in a deal said to be worth €14m a year.Under this new agreement, Movistar+ will have the right to broadcast 55 Copa del Rey encounters per season for the next three years, as well as the whole of the Spanish Super Cup.The Super Cup now consists of a four team tournament held in Saudi Arabia every January. Having previously been a...

OneFootball launches new smart TV app

German based website now available on bigger screens for fans to enjoy in their living roomsFans of OneFootball will be pleased to hear that the football media company has now launched a smart TV app, meaning they can enjoy the beautiful game in all its glory on a big screen if they prefer.The German live score, news and highlights platform already provides football live streams on its website and mobile app, but now brings TV functionality to its users.OneFootball offers a range of live streaming options on its website and app including several free matches per week and many more...

Snapchat to produce content for the EPL and WSL alongside Sky Sports

Social media platform adds the Women's Super League to its football deal with the broadcasting giantInstant messaging app Snapchat has renewed its deal with Sky Sports UK to produce short clips of football content. The new agreement will see the company release videos covering both the Premier League and the Women's Super League.Premier League content produced by Snapchat will include short video clips taken from Sky Sports' Monday Night Football show, which regularly includes opinion and analysis from top pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.Embed from Getty ImagesThis made-for-mobile content will be released via Snapchat Discover. This will include highlights...

Sky Deutschland to allow Bayern match to air for free on Sat1 in Germany

The pay-tv giant has reached a sub-licensing agreement with the free-to-air provider for November 8 clashBroadcasting behemoth Sky Deutschland has reached a sub-licensing agreement with Seven One Entertainment, which will see the match between Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen from the Allianz Arena shown live on free public television in the country.The German top flight clash will air simultaneously on Seven One's free-to-air network Sat1, and on Sky Deutschland, on November 8 as Bayern look to move closer to the top of the Bundesliga.Sky Deutschland owns the rights to 200 live Bundesliga games a season as part of...

Sony Pictures Network picks up DFB-Pokal rights in India

Broadcasting giant now holds the rights to the German top flight and German Cup in the countryThe German Football Federation (DFB) has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Network to provide coverage of the German Cup, otherwise known as the DFB-Pokal, in India throughout this season.The competition was made available completely free in India last season via live streaming on YouTube, as the German Federation failed to reach a broadcasting deal with any partners in the region.This season, the DFB will be happy to announce its new partnership with Sony Pictures Network, which will see DFB-Pokal matches air on live...

Premier League signs deal with Genius Sports to provide in-game data and graphics

The new agreement will come into action later this season and will affect EPL broadcasts on Sky and BT SportTV broadcasts of the Premier League will be getting a new coat of paint later this season when special real-time graphics and data appear on screen during coverage from Sky and BT Sport. This comes after the English top flight signed a deal with data and technology company Genius Sports.Just some of the new quirks which fans will have access to include real time statistics like player running speed and shot velocity.  This data will be presented on screen via nifty...

FIFA bosses unhappy with Women's World Cup TV rights bids

The global governing body has been left disappointed by bids from broadcasters for the 2023 editionFIFA has started evaluating bids from broadcasters for the 2023 Women's World Cup, set to take place in Australia and New Zealand next year, and executives are not best pleased with the offerings so far. Bosses have called on suitors to submit improved rights offers after rejecting existing bids.The final of the 2019 edition in France garnered a record 1.12bn viewers and overall viewership for the women's game in 2022 has reached record highs, something FIFA is hoping to capitalise on.However, FIFA believes that current...

La Liga president fires back at claims that football is becoming less popular

Javier Tebas has rejected comments made by the few clubs still campaigning for a European Super LeagueJavier Tebas, the President of La Liga, has refuted claims made by the proponents of a breakaway European Super League (ESL) that fewer and fewer people are watching football, and that their concept is the solution.Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are the only three remaining clubs not to officially abandon the project, which ended in disaster last year after widespread protest and condemnation from across the sport. Executives Florentino Perez of Real Madrid, Joan Laporta of Barcelona and Andrea Agnelli of Juventus are still...

New Mediapro streaming platform wins World Cup rights in Spain

Gol Mundial to show all 64 matches from Qatar online and charge one single payment for accessSpanish communications company Mediapro have launched a new OTT platform called Gol Mundial, through which they will provide full coverage of every match at the upcoming Qatar World Cup via live streaming.The new platform will operate on a DTC (direct to consumer) subscription model and sell a single tournament pass for €19.99, which will grant the subscriber access to every match from World Cup 2022.After winning the Spanish broadcast rights to the Qatar World Cup, Mediapro have entered into sublicensing agreements with traditional TV...

Coupang Play win La Liga broadcasting rights in South Korea

The ecommerce firm will become the exclusive partner of the Spanish top flight from next seasonSouth Korean ecommerce company Coupang Play has snagged the exclusive broadcasting rights for the Spanish La Liga in the Asian country.Current rights holder SPOTV, a pay-TV network, will continue to broadcast matches in South Korea for the remainder of this season, before Coupang Play takes over from the start of the 2023/24 campaign.The new broadcast deal will run for the following five seasons and matches will be shown on Coupang Play's dedicated live streaming subscription platform.Embed from Getty ImagesThe move means that Coupang Play will...