GolTV cuestionó la licitación de los derechos para TV del fútbol sudamericanoGolTV questioned the bidding for South American soccer TV rights

Una alianza entre clubes y dirigentes sudamericanos encabezados por el empresario uruguayo Francisco Casal, propietario de GolTV (Tenfield), y por el ex presidente del club brasileño Corinthians, Andrés Sánchez, cuestionó la manera en que la Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CSF) otorga los derechos para TV de los torneos y la acusó de no distribuir a los clubes más de USD 119 millones entre 2011 y 2013.

Desde hace dos años, Casal viene licitando para obtener la transmisión de la Copa Libertadores y de la Copa Sudamericana para su señal deportiva y nunca ha tenido éxito. Fox Sports continua teniendo los derechos. “Hicimos mejores propuestas y la CSF nunca nos quiso escuchar”, comentó Enzo Francescoli, ex jugador y Director Ejecutivo y Gerente de GolTV, en la reunión que se hizo en Sao Paulo en la sede de Corinthians.

Casal explicó que los equipos sudamericanos cobran “el 2% de lo que reciben los clubes europeos” y añadió que “la CSF dejará de ganar USD 400 millones entre 2015 y 2020 por haber optado por una oferta menor a la de GolTV”. Importantes ex jugadores como Diego Maradona, Romario, Oscar Ruggeri y José Luis Chilavert apoyaron la causa.

GolTV posee los derechos del campeonato uruguayo, de la Copa do Brasil y ha conseguido negociar directamente con algunos clubes del fútbol peruano. Además, transmite partidos de la Copa de Italia, de la Liga de Portugal, de la Super Liga Suiza y de la Super Liga de Grecia.An alliance between South American clubs and leaders headed by the Uruguayan entrepreneur Francisco Casal, owner of GolTV (Tenfield), and by the former president of the Brazilian club Corinthians, Andrés Sánchez, questioned the way in which the South American Confederation of Soccer (CSF in Spanish) provides TV rights for tournaments and accused it not distributing more that USD 119 million to clubs between 2011 and 2013.

For two years, Casal has been bidding to obtain the broadcast of the Libertadores Cup and the South American Cup for its sports channel and has never been successful. Fox Sports continues to have the rights. “We made better offers and the CSF never gave us attention”, commented Enzo Francescoli, former player and Executive Director and Manager of GolTV, in the meeting that took place in Sao Paulo in the headquarters of Corinthians.

Casal explained that South American teams charge “2% of what European clubs receive” and added that “CSF will lose USD 4000 million between 2015 and 2020 for having chosen an offer smaller to the one from GolTV”. Important former players such as Diego Maradona, Romario, Oscar Ruggeri and José Luis Chilavert supported the cause.

GolTV has the rights of the Uruguayan championship, the Copa do Brasil and has managed to directly negotiate with some Peruvian soccer clubs. In addition, it broadcasts games from the Coppa Italia, the Portuguese Liga, the Swiss Super League and the Greek Super League.

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