A month has passed since Bein Sports launched in America. Because Bein owns Canadian rights to La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Football League, non of these leagues are on Canadian TV. Yet. I haven’t really heard anything about these leagues airing in Canada anytime soon. A few weeks ago GolTV released this general, somewhat incorrect, response to fans’ concerns about La Liga on Canadian TV.
As you may be aware, there is still some uncertainty generally about La Liga’s international broadcast intentions for the upcoming season. This has been reported on extensively in the press. At this time, we continue to monitor the situation and the implications and opportunities as they apply to GOL TV Canada.
We understand and share your concern about La Liga rights in Canada, and will let you know of developments as they can be confirmed.
Now, in this release GolTV correlated two things that simply are not related: the lack of La Liga broadcasting in Canada and the domestic TV tensions between the major domestic broadcasters in Spain. I don’t want to say that they intentionally misled fans and viewers to confuse them; however, it is obvious they wanted to deflect attention from themselves the Spanish stations who Canadians wouldn’t contact.
Only now has GolTV Canada released a statement that accurately reflects the situation. Note that I have added information to this release in brackets to clarify it because there are certain things GolTV can’t say publicly.
We appreciate your concern with regards to La Liga game telecasts. We share it. We continue to talk to the rights holder (Bein Sports) about opportunities (a sub-licensing deal, most likely) which would see La Liga games return to air in the Canadian marketplace. The nature of those conversations are confidential, but we hope to have some news very soon. We ask for your patience as this situation is resolved.