Mediapro starts football rights bid process

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish media group Mediapro said on Wednesday it has invited bids for broadcasting rights for Spain's football league and domestic cup matches for the next three seasons.

"The deadline for receiving bids is May 20," Mediapro said in a statement.

Bid invitations have been given to all Spanish television channels, including free-to-air and pay TV, the Catalan company said.

Last week, Mediapro denied that it was about to close an agreement with rival Prisa on broadcasting football matches on Prisa's pay-TV channel, saying it was in talks with all TV channels.

Speculation has been rife in recent weeks of a possible tie-up between Prisa and Mediapro.

(Reporting by Robert Hetz; writing by Judy MacInnes)

Article Published: 13/05/2009