Spanish regulator asked to rule again on Mediaset-LaLiga clips dispute
Mediaset España, the commercial broadcaster in Spain, has filed another complaint to the CNMC, the Spanish competition authority, against domestic soccer's LaLiga relating to the broadcasting of match clips.
Mediaset, which operates mainstream commercial broadcasters Telecinco and Cuatro, claims that LaLiga refused entry to its cameras over the last two weekends of action.
LaLiga argues that Mediaset has breached the terms of its contract, which allows it to broadcast 90 seconds of highlights coverage per match.
Mediaset is, among other violations, accused of broadcasting the clips beyond the initial 24-hour window after a game has finished.
Mediaset first filed a complaint with the CNMC in September 2015 after its cameras were refused entry into various LaLiga grounds after it continued to air well over 90 seconds of highlights coverage in its news programmes.
LaLiga claimed at the time that Mediaset was refusing to abide by the terms of an auction which gave TVE, the public-service broadcaster, exclusive highlights rights to all league matches in the 2015-16 season in a €12-million ($12.6-million) deal.
In January 2016, the CNMC ruled that LaLiga was breaching national news access rights by barring access to Mediaset. It decided that the company should be allowed into club stadia to film highlights, and that it should be allowed to broadcast 90 seconds of coverage, free of charge, per match, a time it considers “sufficient and adequate to protect the rights to information of all Spanish citizens”.
TVE cancelled its contract a month later.
However, ahead of the 2016-17 season, TVE agreed a three-year sub-licensing deal with Mediapro, the Spanish sports rights agency, for LaLiga and Copa del Rey highlights. It is now permitted to show 12 minutes of all league and cup matches.
Meanwhile, all 42 clubs in the top two-tiers of Spanish soccer are to be equipped with an instant tactical analysis tool, LaLiga announced on Thursday.
'AutomaticTV' has been developed by Mediapro and will be installed in all top-tier LaLiga Santander and second-tier Liga 1|2|3 stadia to broadcast tactical camera footage in high-definition.
The cameras will enable teams’ coaching staff to perform live analysis of the match as it is being played with the additional feature of having the capability to edit videos.
After the game, this tactical camera footage will be imported and uploaded to Mediacoach, Mediapro's existing video analysis tool, and made available to all the clubs to assist them in enhancing their performance through providing the most sophisticated match and player performance analysis.
The footage will also be provided to TV networks so that viewers can be offered images of each team’s tactical approach.
Javier Tebas, the president of LaLiga, said: “LaLiga continues striving to be at the forefront insofar as audiovisual technology is concerned. We are constantly seeking new ways to benefit the clubs and sports companies, and this technology will be extremely useful, not only for the teams themselves, but also for their fans by going the extra mile in what is delivered to them, as is the case with technological innovation in broadcasting.”