Spain's Mediaset Acquires Pro Soccer Rights
MADRID -- Spanish broadcaster Mediaset Espana and media group Mediapro have reached an agreement to offer the weekly, free-to-air matches of the Spanish first-division soccer league on its open channel Cuatro and online.
Mediapro announced Friday it had accepted Mediaset's offer, which includes the remaining 10 rounds of this season, and all the games in the next two. The deal starts April 1 (when the existing contract with MarcaTV expires) with Real Betis vs. Getafe, which will stream on Mediaset's website Mitele.es.
Marca TV took over the rights last September in a last-minute deal with Mediaset's LaSexta, which was in the process of being acquired by rival channel Antena 3 -- a merger which has since gone through.
Mediaset now holds all blue-chip soccer rights, including the 2014 World Cup, the UEFA league and the Spanish Soccer Cup.