Friday, September 11, 2009

No La Liga Telecast in India

There are reports emerging there is a high chance of the La Liga fans in India missing out on this season's actions. ESPN Star network had the right to telecast La Liga last season. The fans had already missed the opening day matches but was pinning hope of ESPN-Star network bagging the rights late on. But now it looks like that is a non-existent option. ESPN STAR Sports paid 1 million/ year last season for the telecast of La Liga action. In most times they showed deferred and truncated matches; but still La Liga fans were satisfied as they could catch some actions of the same. La Liga matches start late in the night in India and ESPN STAR Sports has decided it does not make economic sense to air the same. Now the only Barca action we will be hoping to catch will be the Champions league actions, which will be aired by Ten Sports and Zee Sports.

In India Cricket has more priority than football. Actually a minority watches football matches. Cricket survives because of India and that will be given priority ahead of any sport. The difficulty in succeeding in a game which is played all over the world is the reason why football never gets any huge fan following. As far as cricket is concerned only nine countries plays it properly and so there is high chance of success. This season the major stars of the game is playing in La Liga and the non-telecast will be determental for the promotion of the game in India. The only option will be to stream it on internet if you have an unlimited broadband connection. Sites like and will help you in that.


Messi108 said...

Sad !!
This sucks ! And my bandwidth is only 256 kbps

But thanks for keeping us updated Anurag.

Anurag said...

Lol, try to double it if you can. I can stream fine on my 512 kbps.

Messi108 said...

512 too expensive for me dude. Once i start working maybe i can afford it. I'll somehow manage. Great game tdy btw.
And thanks for the links.
Great work ur website.

G M said...

get involved with the online petition at: and spread the word. The more people we get, the better the chance that we can turn this around.

Meximas said...

I just had a talk with Mr. Sameer Bajaj of ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd regarding telecast of la liga in India i give him a requesting mail for start la liga telecast in India and he give me promise to forward all our request regarding la liga to his high-authority so you are all requested to pl. do mail him for start la liga in India
His contact detail

Sameer Bajaj,
ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd,
Pl. make a mail copy to me on my e-mail id