As reported by several specialized websites, days ago Tigo Costa Rica (Millicom) reported that it would be willing to make its sports channel Tigo Sports, owner of the TV rights to broadcast five teams local matches in the Costa Rican Professional Football League, available to the rest of the Costa Rican pay TV operators, in case it manages to come to terms with the FUTV channel, owner of the rights to broadcast the matches of the seven remaining clubs, on its channels grid.
FUTV, officially launched last February 29th, owns the rights to broadcast the matches that the Deportivo Saprissa, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Club Sport Herediano, Club Sport Cartagines, AD Grecia, Asociacion Deportiva Municipal Perez Zeledon and Limon FC play at locals. In Pay TV, the channel is available in most operators, except for Tigo and Sky (Televisa and AT&T).
Tigo owns the rights to air local matches played by the Asociacion Deportiva San Carlos; Santos de Guapiles; Asociacion Deportiva Jicaral; Guadalupe Futbol Club and Sporting Football Club.
According to FUTV, the channel is ‘fully willing to continue negotiating with Tigo’ to be distributed by the operator. However, at the end of May, Tigo filed a complaint against FUTV at the Competition Promotion Commission (Coprocom), where it alleged that FUTV did not allow it to broadcast the seven teams matches whose TV broadcasting rights belong to FUTV. In Costa Rica, the Professional Football League is starting again in August.