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The CNMC refuses to extend the term to 4/5 years in LaLiga football rights

Madrid, Oct 21 (EFE) .- The National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) has indicated that the National Professional Football League (LNFP) must eliminate the possibility of submitting offers for a period of 4 and / or 5 seasons per the broadcasting rights of the national league championship and that until now was limited to 3.

The CNMC, which has analyzed the proposals of the National Professional Football League to commercialize the broadcasting rights of the National League Championship for the coming seasons in the national territory and in international markets, considers that certain aspects should be modified, including the of the deadline for the offers, according to a CNMC report published this Thursday.

On September 21, LaLiga asked the CNMC for a prior report -which is not binding- on the commercialization of the exploitation rights of audiovisual content in Spain of the National League Championship from the year 2022 for a duration of 3, 4 or 5 seasons according to the offers made by the interested operators.

At the moment, LaLiga has not detailed the specific dates on which the bidding and awarding process of the rights will take place, which will take place “from October 2021.”

The extension in the duration of the contracts is compatible, according to LaLiga, with several royal decrees, one of them from April 2020, of urgent complementary measures to support the economy and employment, in which it is indicated that the “duration of Marketing contracts will be subject to the competition rules of the European Union ”, compared to the one in force up to now, which could not exceed three years.

It states in its economic report that an increase in the exploitation period would allow a reduction in the price paid by the end customer, since the acquirer of the rights could continue to achieve a positive internal rate of return on investment.

RIGHTS DISTRIBUTED IN SEVEN LOTS

In the CNMC report, the regulatory body values, on the other hand, the structure presented to commercialize the rights in various lots and options, since this may encourage more operators to participate and competition between them.

LaLiga pointed out in its report that the lots have been prepared with the aim of guaranteeing optimal marketing that encourages the largest number of offers possible, thus avoiding any possible exclusion or difficulty in making offers.

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