U.S. Spanish-language TV network TELEMUNDO, has taken the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association (TTFA) to court, over the broadcasting rights of 2 World Cup qualifiers.
The matches – which are scheduled to take place at the Hasley Crawford stadium in T&T tomorrow (Friday) and next Tuesday, are between Panama and Mexico respectively.
Telemundo claims to have exclusive broadcasting rights to the matches and the TTFA’s decision to license the rights to U.S. Spanish-speaking audiences via another network, Elite Sports Agency, is illegal.
The rights in question were acquired by Telemundo in February of 2015, when the Caribbean Football Union sold the rights to regional qualifiers to Traffic Sports and Media World, which in turn struck a $30 million deal with Telemundo.
Earlier this year the TTFA announced plans to sell the rights to Elite Sports Agency, after the U.S. began investigating Traffic Sports and Media World for bribery and corruption.
Yesterday a high courted granted an injunction barring the TTFA from preventing Telemundo from broadcasting the matches. It also rejected the TTFA’s claim that the lawsuit should have been filed in the U.S.
It also stated the injunction was necessary to protect Telemundo’s reputation with its customers, who were expecting to view the games live as advertised.
The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association is considering filing an emergency appeal.