With less than a month to go before the Copa del Rey final takes place, no broadcaster has the TV rights to show the game in Spain.
This is because the CNMC (National Comission of Markets and Competition) has deemed the tender for rights to the 2018 final and ‘Super Copa’ matches don’t adhere to regulations.
The CNMC has requested that the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) re-launch the tender to “receive the offers in a transparent, competitive and a non-discriminatory way.”
The CNMC published a press release on its website and it said the following “The CNMC considers that the announcement of the tender they received on February 28, 2018 does not meet the requirements of advertising, transparency, competitiveness and non-discrimination.” Regarding the tender itself, the CNMC said that it believes “that the documentation provided does not sufficiently specify the packages or rights subject to commercialisation, if these are tendered separately or jointly (the final and the two Super Copa matches) and what is exactly up for bid (i.e the match itself, live rights, highlights etc…).
According to the Royal Decree Law 5/2015, the RFEF should develop each tender identifying the exact content that is up for bid and specifying whether they are exclusive rights or not, the CNMC feel the Spanish federation failed to do these things which is why they ask the RFEF withdraw the tender and start over again.
This is because article 4.7 of the Royal Decree Law 5/2015 states that any rights that are not up for tender (For example DVD or mobile rights) have to return to be returned to the clubs.
They also point out that by only allowing free-to-air broadcasters to bid for the Super Copa rights, the RFEF could incur a breach of obligation to not discriminate other operators.
The Copa del Rey final will see Barcelona and Sevilla face each other at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on April 21, while the winner of the league and the winner of the Copa del Rey – or runner-up in the case the same team wins both tournaments – face each other over two legs in August.