New MX League’s President aims to make changes in the competition’s TV rights sale

Mikel Arriola, who will be President of the MX League – name of the Mexican Professional Football League – from 2021, announced in several interviews his intention to centralize the distribution of the League’s matches TV rights. As reported by the website of the Mexican newspaper ‘El Financiero’, Arriola reported that ‘the idea is that, in the future, the League can own the TV rights.

In Mexico, each football club is in charge of negotiating the TV rights of the matches it plays as the local team. The companies that concentrate the business of televising Liga MX matches are Televisa, TV Azteca, ESPN, Fox Sports, Claro Sports and Imagen TV.

However, the plan will have to wait until the Federal Telecommunications Institute defines the future of the sale of Fox Sports, which broadcasts matches from several competing teams. Days ago, several specialized websites reported that the telecommunications regulator granted a new deadline for Disney to make the sale, which runs until March 4th, 2021. Likewise, Mediapro was also reported as one of the companies that has the negotiations more on track to acquire Fox Sports Mexico, and is awaiting the  IFT approval to officially complete the transaction. The sale of Fox Sports in Mexico is one of the requirements ordered by the IFT to authorize the merger between Disney and Fox, officially concluded in March 2019.

Another of Arriola’s ideas is to organize a new tournament in which clubs from Liga MX and teams from MLS, the professional football league in the US, compete.