There is bad news. For those who haven't heard yet: it is pretty much confirmed that ESPNSTAR (ESS) will not be telecasting La Liga in the Indian subcontinent this season. But rather than sit around and curse those responsible, let us do our best to rectify this situation.
Many of us have been voicing our opinions on forums and blogs. Now what we need to do is gather all these voices at place and shout real hard, so that they take notice.
We contacted the various sports channels but all were non-committal. On contacting TenSports, they did not give a definite reply on whether they would take up the telecast rights, but they still do seem our best hope as they did not turn down the possibility outright.
Being a business organization we cannot blame them as their soul motive is inflating their bank accounts. But let us through this petition, and by all other means possible, show them how much support and following La Liga has in this part of the world.
I know many of us have already personally contacted most of the TV channels to request telecast. But as has been raised in most of the forums, it would be better if we can unite and together try to push across this message. Let us show them how many people are being deprived and, more importantly for them, the business potential that lies here.
For sure, ESS would be losing a huge fanbase due to their decision to not telecast la liga. But this is just to good an opportunity for these other sports channels to take their stake of the market. With all the big stars of football plying their trade in Spain, it seems hard to believe that there are no takers for la liga.
Some figures (from the net):
ESS: $ 1 million a year for the La Liga rights (last season).
ESS: $ 13.5 million for 3 years EPL rights.
Neo Sports: $ 250,000/year for non exclusive rights to the Italian Serie A
Neo Sports: $ 100,000/year for non exclusive rights to the German Bundesliga
TEN Sports: $ 1 million/year for the Champions League and Europa League
Considering the above stats, does one $ 1 million a year for La Liga, arguably the best league in the world, seem all that high?
Once we have garnered a meaningful support, the community plans to contact:
- TenSports, Neo Sports and other Sports Channels
- La Liga Telecast Authorities
- Major teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona
- Spanish Football Pundit Guillem Balague
- ESPNSTAR to see whether they could have a change of heart
- And more.... Till we succeed!
If you have any ideas, suggestions etc, you can contact the "Get Us La Liga" community at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get proactive and show your support!
Please pass on the message to other football lovers.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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