According to different specialized websites in Brazil, Brazilian pay TV channel TV Walter Abrahão (TV WA), who has recently acquired the rights to broadcast 56 matches of the South American Qualifiers for the next FIFA World Cup, announced it has lost the rights due to non-payment. According to the information reported, the channel had to pay a R$ 11 million (almost USD 2 million) amount, which included the rights to broadcast the matches that the Brazilian National Team plays outside the country during the competition.
‘It is not possible to pay for something that does not have a defined date due to the pandemic. It is a sad situation for us, but we understand that respect for life comes before commercial interests. TV WA continues to be interested in the rights, but, out of respect for the sponsor’s money, any amount will only be paid if we are sure that no sponsor is harmed’, reported Walter Abrahão Filho, owner of the channel.
As reported on the specialized website UOL, TV WA had agreed with the Grupo Bandeirantes to broadcast matches played by the Brazilian National Team outside the country on FTA TV, although Mediapro, the company in charge of marketing the rights, did not allow the transaction to be successful. for non-payment. The rights of the matches that the Brazilian National Team plays locally during the Qualifiers, as well as those of the match starred by Brazil and Argentina in Brazil, belong to Globo. Up to now, the package with the 56 matches does not have an owner. Several specialized websites report the possibility of Globo to negotiate with TV WA in order to acquire the matches.
The Brazilian National Team had to face the Argentine National Team in Brazil at the end of March for a new Qualifiers fixture date. However, days ago, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) announced its decision to cancel the two matches scheduled for March. The reason is that several clubs in Europe warned that they would not lend their players to play the matches, taking into account that, on their return, they must remain isolated for at least 10 days to prevent Coronavirus infections, just when the most important football leagues in Europe are in their final stages.