Social networking website Facebook continues to hold the LaLiga broadcasting rights in the Indian sub-continent, which means football fans will only be able to stream the matches live on LaLiga’s official Facebook page. The 2020-21 season gets underway on September 12, with Eibar hosting Celta Vigo in a 19:30 IST kick-off.
Facebook acquired the La Liga broadcasting rights in the Indian sub-continent for three years starting with the 2018-19 season. Sony Sports partnered with Facebook to provide live telecast of 100 LaLiga matches in the 2018-19 campaign, including the El Clasico, the Madrid derby and other important matches.
Sony Sports didn’t renew their partnership with Facebook for the 2019-20 season, meaning LaLiga was exclusively available only on the social media website. Facebook’s LaLiga broadcasting rights expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Ahead of the new season, Lionel Messi has confirmed he will remain with Barcelona. The Argentine had made clear his intention to leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season by activating the clause in his contract allowing him to leave as a free agent. That, however, didn’t come to pass because, according to the clause, Messi had to inform the club of his wish to leave by June 10 and not in late-August, when the season officially concluded with the Champions League final.
LaLiga features some iconic rivalries in club football, including the El Clasico, the Madrid derby, the Seville derby among others, and is one of the most popular football league competitions alongside the Premier League, Champions League, Bundesliga, Serie A.