AFA officially cancels agreement with Fox Sports and Turner may own all Argentine Football TV broadcasting rights

As reported by various specialized websites in Argentina, the Argentine Football Association (AFA), entity in charge of organizing and regulating official football leagues in the country, has officially announced its decision to cancel the agreement that was being ran with Fox Sports for the country’s Professional Football League’s (LPF) TV broadcasting rights, which will officially start this coming Friday, October 30th. 

Days ago, AFA and LPF decided to cancel the agreement with Fox Sports, which had been implemented since 2017, quoting ‘serious breaches’ on their obligations. ‘They did not notify us about the Disney-Fox merger, and that shows a great lack in the agreement we had with FSLA Holdings LLC (Fox Sports)’, said one of the people close to Claudio Tapia, AFA’s President, as reported by the ‘Uno Santa Fe’ website. As reported by various specialized websites in Argentina, the amount stipulated for the new negotiation for Argentine football TV rights is valued at USD 140 million. In the next few days, as announced, a meeting of the AFA Executive Committee will take place, in order to allow TNT Sports (Turner) so that it can air the 12 matches that take place for each fixture date of the Professional Football League.

Since 2017, Argentine Professional Football League’s matches were broadcast through Fox Sports Premium and TNT Sports (Turner) -both premium options-, which divided themselves the matches equally. Due to AFA’s official announcement to cancel the agreement with Fox Sports, one of the possibilities  is for TNT Sports to acquire all of the league’s matches (the company has priority in the negotiation). New companies may also enter the business, or, as it was already reported, some matches could be broadcast through TV Publica, the State’s FTA TV channel.