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L’Équipe TV lands Copa del Rey, Supercopa rights

2019 Copa del Rey final at Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on May 25, 2019 (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

French digital terrestrial broadcaster L’Équipe TV has acquired exclusive rights to the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup in a two-season deal.

The multi-platform deal, which runs for 2020-21 and 2021-22, gives the broadcaster rights to show about 20 matches per season in total from the two competitions.

The Copa del Rey inventory is from the round of 32 onwards.

L’Équipe TV will also broadcast the final of the 2019-20 Copa del Rey, which has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It acquired the rights from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), which launched tenders across Europe last September. The rights on offer in France also included non-exclusive rights in Luxembourg.

The Copa del Rey is Spain’s premier knock-out football competition, while the Super Cup is a three-match tournament, composed of the previous season’s Copa del Rey finalists as well as the winner and runner-up from the top-tier LaLiga.

Pay-television duo beIN Sports and Canal Plus have broadcast the Copa del Rey in France in recent seasons. Canal Plus has held rights to the Copa del Rey final since 2012 with beIN holding rights to all matches up until and including the semi-finals.

RFEF previously only marketed rights to the final as LaLiga sold rights to the bulk of the competition.