LOS ANGELES (CN) – Grupo Televisa insists that Univision most stop broadcasting the games of three top Mexican Soccer League teams after its contract runs out on Sept. 28. Televisa asked the Superior Court to invalidate a version of the contract that Univision claims grants it broadcast rights through 2017.
Televisa owns three First Division teams: America, Necaxa and San Luis. It says the contract allows it to start broadcasting the enormously popular games itself this October.
The contract is a cornerstone of Univision’s Spanish-language programming in the United States. Citing its own estimates, Univision says that more Hispanic viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 watched the 2007 league tournament finals than watched that year’s Super Bowl.
America has won 10 league championships, making it the league’s second-ranked team.
Televisa is represented by Marshall Grossman and Herbert Wachetell.