The sports TV network Fox Sports Mexico has announced this week that it will not broadcast Mexican football club Santos Laguna’s matches. The news was confirmed this last Monday, July 19th, a few days before the beginning of the Mexican Professional Football League’s (Liga MX) Torneo Apertura 2021. The announcement means the first time a club cancels this type of agreement after Fox Sports Mexico was officially acquired by the Lauman Group last May.
As officially reported by Fox Sports Mexico, the measure is a ‘unilateral decision’ made by Santos Laguna, and, it also reports that it has fully fulfilled its obligations established in the agreement, and the Santos Laguna’s decision to finish it is wrong and a notorious violation of it’. The agreement between Fox Sports Mexico and Santos Laguna is valid from 2019. Previously, the football club kept a relationship with TV Azteca, which was in charge of broadcasting its matches.
Originally, and according to the terms of the agreement, Fox Sports had to broadcast Santos Laguna’s local matches starting next August 1st. With the news, the TV network will now broadcast local matches played by the Leon, Pachuca, Tijuana, Monterrey and Queretaro football clubs, as well as other leagues and sporting events outside of football, which include the NFL, MLB, the Bundesliga, Formula 1, UFC, WWE, and others.
Up to now, no referents from Santos Laguna have expressed themselves on this situation. It is also unknown which broadcaster will be in charge of airing Santos Laguna’s matches during the coming Liga MX’s Torneo Apertura 2021, in which the club will make its debut today, facing Necaxa, but not as the local team.