Mexico’s America tops national soccer TV rights

America, the runner-up of Liga MX’s Torneo Apertura 2016, is the Mexican soccer team that receives more money from domestic broadcast TV rights.

According to data published by Reporte Índigo, América (also known as the ‘Azulcrema’ team), one of most popular teams in Mexico, receives USD 15 million for its contract with Televisa, surpassing Cruz Azul (USD 13 million) and Pumas (10 million), which also have agreements with the Mexican media giant. The owner of America is Emilio Azcárraga, the president of Grupo Televisa.

After them are placed Monterrey (USD 9 million) Tigres (USD 9 million) and Toluca (USD 8 million). The first team on the list that does not have a contract with Televisa is Pachuca (USD 6.5 million). Right behind is Leon (USD 6 million). In both cases, the TV rights belong to the pay TV channel Fox Sports. The Entrepreneur Carlos Slim has stakes in both soccer teams.

Atlas (USD 6 million) and Santos Laguna (USD 6 million) have agreements with TV Azteca, as well as Club Tijuana (USD 4.5 million), Morelia (USD 4.5 million) and Puebla (USD 4 million).

Chivas, one of the two most popular teams in Mexico, decided not to renew its contract with Televisa and instead chose to launch the OTT platform Chivas TV.