TV Azteca will show Apertura final after late Televisa deal
TV Azteca has struck a late deal with rival Mexican commercial broadcaster Televisa to broadcast the final of the Torneo Apertura, the first championship of Mexico's domestic Liga MX 2017-18 season.
The two-legged final between Tigres UANL and Monterrey will be played on 7 and 10 December.
TV Azteca had faced missing out on showing the Apertura final as Televisa holds rights to the matches of both Tigres and Monterrey.
It can show the games on a free-to-air basis across Mexico, but on a pay-per-view basis in Monterrey only.
The two broadcasters signed a similar deal for the final of the Torneo Clausura, the second championship, at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, when Tigres played Chivas, another Televisa team.
Last month, Televisa retained TV rights to the matches of Tigres in a new five-year deal that comes into effect for the 2018-19 season and includes free-to-air and pay-TV coverage of the club.
As well as Monterrey and Chivas, Televisa holds rights to six other clubs in Liga MX, namely Cruz Azul, Necaxa, America, Toluca, Pumas and Lobos BUAP, and shares coverage of the matches of the Mexican national team with TV Azteca in a deal recently extended to 2026.