Hours after the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) declared the new tender for the broadcast rights to local football to be vacant, pay TV operator Directv said their offer was rejected, even though it met all the necessary requirements.
According to a release published by the company, the FEF “arbitrarily refused” to receive Directv’s offer, presented in the proper time and fashion.
The FEF, however, argued that the offer was submitted “after the deadline, with an open envelope” and that “it didn’t meet the requirements.” For that reason, the FEF declared the tender vacant and kept the contract it already had with GolTV.
“Even if the FEF wrongly claims the offer didn’t meet the necessary requirements for the tender, what actually happened is the FEF arbitrarily refused to accept the offer as it was publicly stated,” the release says.
To present its offer, Directv had joined forces with Univisa, TV Cable and Servisky. According to Ecuadorian media platforms, it offered 402 million dollars for the rights, 30 million more for the clubs’ advertising.
The operator claims the lack of outside viewers during the presentation, so it’s demanding the intervention of the Ombudsman.
The Directv complaints have, however, little chance to move forward after 17 leaders of the 24 professional football clubs (Series A and B) signed a statement stating their support for the contract signed with GolTV, while announcing that if it is not respected, they will not play the tournament.
Ecuadorian football will begin on Friday, February 9 on GolTV.