With less than a month until the commencing of the new La Liga season, the league remains without a UK TV broadcaster.
The deadline for platforms to come forward with offers for the rights was on the 25th of July, however despite that date now passing, the league is still yet to be picked up by a UK broadcaster.
Sky Sports previously had a strong relationship with the Spanish top flight, however last summer platform Eleven Sports agreed a surprising three year contract for the acquisition of the rights.
Towards the end of the season, following Eleven’s struggles, which mainly grew from not securing a TV distributor, the rights were eventually split with Premier Sports, as well as ITV.
Joris Evers, head of communications for the league told FootballEspana: “After assessing all bids and required additional documentation from participating bidders, La Liga has declared the tender null and void because no satisfactory bids were received.
“La Liga thanks all participants in the tender for their interest and shall inform soon about next steps.”
UK broadcaster and football fans, will be watching with keen interest as to how the situation plays out, given that La Liga continues to play host to some of the most watched teams and players in world football.
The upcoming La Liga season holds added interest for UK fans, with former Chelsea man Eden Hazard embarking upon his debut season at Real Madrid. The return of Zinedine Zidane will also provide an engaging narrative for fans, with it potentially leading to a season out of favour for Wales hero, Gareth Bale.
At the Camp Nou, this campaign marks the first for French world cup winner and longtime Manchester United target, Antoine Griezmann, following his big money move from Atletico Madrid.