Report: SIC secures Fifa World Cup sublicensing deal in Portugal

Commercial broadcaster acquires matches to national soccer tournament from RTP.

Report: SIC secures Fifa World Cup sublicensing deal in Portugal

Portuguese commercial network SIC has agreed a sublicensing deal with public service broadcaster RTP for rights to this summer’s Fifa World Cup, according to reports in Portugal. 

The agreement has not been officially confirmed, but Lisbon-based daily newspaper Público claims that a contract will be signed by the two broadcasters in the coming weeks. 

The sublicensing deal will reportedly give SIC exclusive rights to eight matches from the flagship national team soccer tournament, which is taking place in Russia for the first time between 14th June and 15th July. 

SIC will also broadcast highlights of the competition, while Público added that RTP is also in talks over a separate sublicensing deal with pay-TV channel Sport TV. 

RTP secured the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for €25.8 million (US$31.5 million), with €12.6 million (US$15.7 million) of that total going towards this year’s edition of the event. 

The 2018 Fifa World Cup will mark Portugal’s seventh appearance at the tournament, and they have been drawn in Group B alongside Spain, Morocco and Iran.