FEF's $276m GolTV rights deal challenged
Bucaram has filed an injunction request against the FEF as he seeks to freeze any rights payments from GolTV to the federation.
Gol TV was awarded a 10-year contract for rights to Ecuador’s top soccer league, but Bucaram claims that the broadcaster’s proposal was submitted a day after the bid deadline and that “nobody knew about the contest because it was done behind closed doors.”
He is calling for a new tender process so that “all media can participate without discrimination.”
The move by Bucaram follows the complaint filed by CEDHUS, the Ecuadorian body for human and union rights, against the FEF’s contract with GolTV.
The FEF has defended the transparency of the GolTV agreement, but some details have not been disclosed because of a confidentiality agreement in place.
GolTV is to pay a minimum of $22 million in 2018, and the figure will rise by approximately 5 per cent each year. The contract represents a marked increase on the current five-year contracts with GamaTV and TC Televisión (valued at $91 million in total).
Last year, Alejandro Dominguez, the president of Conmebol, the governing body for soccer in South America, insisted that his organisation would not grant contracts to GolTV, accusing the broadcaster of failing to honour a previous deal.