After it was unable to sell six broadcasting rights packages, the Professional Football League (LPF) has taken the decision to make its own TV channel in order to broadcast League I games. To make things easier, LPF has decided that it will buy a TV channel that is already on the air. The information was confirmed by LPF President Dumitru Dragomir who does not rule out buying a… cartoon TV channel.
“I can’t tell you its name. (…) It has a broadcasting license and everything it needs. Its owner told me that we won’t pay anything. She just wants me to take over the channel and cover the expenses. We will negotiate a partnership with a channel that is already on cable. It could even be a cartoon TV channel, it doesn’t matter! Take DDTV for example. They will give us their broadcasting space. Two hours for each game and another hour for talk-shows that will include game highlights. Everything has already been thought-out. (…) We also have the option of entering a partnership with a Turkish TV channel,” Dragomir stated for realitatea.net.
In what concerns the broadcasting rights packages that were left unsold after April’s tender, LPF is determined not to put them on tender again. “The League no longer wants to sell the remaining six packages. TVR didn’t live up to its word, didn’t come up with the money and it’s out. We have a free to air package we will give Antena 1, that was what the Competition Council asked us to do, so we’re covered. We will buy an existing sports TV channel and that’s it, you’ll be able to watch the games there! Whether it’s GSP TV or another channel, I cannot tell you. We’ll produce everything we need and we’ll sell it to the televisions interested. You’ll see that we’ll win more money like this,” the LPF President pointed out.
Asked by hotnews.ro whether she is negotiating with LPF, Sabina Petre, Antena TV Group’s representative (GSP TV is part of the Group), stated: “We’re taking all options into account; we want what’s best for GSP TV. I’m not confirming the information but I’m not denying it either.”
“At this point I cannot give you more details. Anyway, we will set the details in upcoming days. These talks will depend on LPF’s schedule too. GSP TV is our baby, we care for it a lot, and that’s precisely why we’re taking all options into account,” Sabina Petre added for hotnews.ro.
LPF sold broadcasting rights package 1 to RCS&RDS for EUR 13.2 M, VAT not included (for three seasons), package 2 to Romtelecom for EUR 12.9 M, VAT not included (for three seasons) and package 8 to Antena 1 for EUR 10.5 M, VAT not included (for three seasons). There were no bidders for packages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9.