Fox, Turner win Argentine soccer TV rights

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced that the joint venture Fox-Turner won the rights to broadcast Argentine soccer matches for five years.

Fox-Turner’s joint proposal won the race for the TV rights against US company ESPN and Spanish MediaPro. The contract will begin in August, when a new local tournament begins. Fox-Turner will pay AR$ 3,200 million (USD 206 million) per year, plus a guarantee of AR$ 1,200 million (USD 77.5 million).

The matches will be available on Pay TV, in Pay-Per-View, and in HD. The package would be priced around AR$ 300 (USD 19) including 14 games of First Division league, according to La Nación. Carlos Martínez, president of Fox Networks Group Latin America, stated in an interview with the same newspaper that he expected to reach “two million subscribers” in the first year.

The production will be in charge of Torneos, the same company that until 2009 owned the TV rights. From that year, the Federal Government obtained the rights and broadcasted the matches on its free-to-air program Fútbol para Todos (Football for All).

In fact, several local media reports that Fox-Turner presented a letter, along with its offer, where Televisión Satelital Codificada (Torneos) promised to give up its court case against the AFA for having rescinded the contract in 2009.