Torneos y Competencias

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Torneos y Competencias
Industry Media
Founded 1982
Headquarters Buenos Aires, Argentina
Key people
Marcelo Bombau, President
Alejandro Burzaco, CEO
Products Television
Divisions TyC Sports
Head office

Torneos y Competencias S.A. (TyC, also referred as Torneos) is an Argentine sports communications firm created by businessman Carlos Ávila, who has left the company. It is an important force in the world of Argentine sports, with interests in publications and radio and TV broadcasting. Its headquarters are in Buenos Aires.[1]

History and shareholders[edit]

TyC started its activities in the Argentine media in 1982, with a golf program. Since then it produced and aired successful programs in network television such as El deporte y el hombre, Tenis de Primera, Fútbol de Primera and La Magia de la NBA; the most successful of them being the weekly Fútbol de Primera, which summarizes each day of competition in the Argentine first division.

TyC current shareholders are: DirecTV Latin America (33.2%), the former Chief Executive Officer of CableVisión (Argentina) Fred Vierra (26.53%), Luis Nofal Sports Holding SA (by Luis Nofal, 23.53%), and the American investment firm DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (16.7%).[2]

Presence in the media[edit]

Torneos y Competencias and the Clarín Group currently operate the domestic pay TV channel TyC Sports, as well as two international pay TV channels TyC Sports Latin America and TyC Sports USA. TyC also produces most sport shows for Fox Sports Latin America - South Cone, including the airing of Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Formula One and many others.

TyC also bought the rights for the transmission of the matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup from Germany, but reached an agreement with several open-air channels to broadcast the matches of the Argentina national football team.

Removal of first division television rights[edit]

In 1992, the company Televisión Satelital Codificada (TSC, a joint venture between TyC and the Clarín group) signed an agreement with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) for the exclusive transmission of Argentine football matches. All the official matches were available on the TyC Sports and TyC Max cable channels. This agreement will expire in 2014.

In July 2009, due to an economic crisis that affected several Primera División clubs, the AFA tried new ways of financing. The President of the AFA, Julio Grondona, requested TSC authorities to modify the contract for television rights in order for the AFA to receive 720 million Argentine pesos. However, in the last season, TSC paid the AFA 230 million pesos, and the request was rejected by TSC.[3]

Later, Grondona received an offer from the Argentine government in order for the National System of Public Media – the state-owned Channel 7 – to replace TSC for broadcasting the games on TV.[4] Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's government has a public confrontation against the Clarín group, a member of TSC.[5]

On August 11, 2009, the AFA broke the contract with TSC, accusing it of not fulfilling the agreement.[6] Then, the AFA sued TSC,[7] but TyC also tried an unsuccessful lawsuit against the AFA for cancelling the contract.[8] Evertithing Follow producing of the Second and Third Division.[9]

Since August 21, 2009, the television rights for Argentine Primera División belongs to the state-owned Channel 7.[10] Under the name "Futbol para todos"[11]

Sports coverage currently on TyC Sports[edit]




  • Argentine Basketball League (Two Games per Week live on TyC Sports or DirecTV (Channel 612))
  • Torneo Nacional de Ascenso (One Game per Week live on TyC Sports (PPV Signal) Channels 68, 90 and 701 from Cablevisión and Channels 632 and 1034 from DirecTV).


  • Argentine Volleyball League (Two or Four Games per Week are broadcast live on TyC Sports (Basic Signal) or TyC Max (Premium Signal) (Monday and Tuesday night at 10:00 pm (local Time of Buenos Aires)). (Matches of Argentine Volleyball League are broadcast live or delayed on TyC Sports (International Signal) at 9:55 pm or 11:15 pm).

Motor sports[edit]

  • TC 2000 (Qualificatión Live on TyC Sports, Races Live on Channel 13 (Buenos Aires Zone Only), TyC Max (Interior Zone Only) and TyC Sports International (Some Parts of Latin América) (Races of TC 2000 are broadcast delayed on Telefuturo in Paraguay and Teledoce in Uruguay).
  • Formula Truck (All Races Live or Delayed on TyC Sports)
  • Formula One (All free practice live on Fox Sports 3. All Qualification and Races are broadcast Live on Fox Sports in Latin América. The Fórmula One are broadcast delayed on Telefe in Argentina, SNT in Paraguay and Monte Carlo TV in Uruguay).

Former sporters events of TyC Sports[edit]


  • Primera C (One or Two Games per Matchday broadcast Live on TyC Sports or TyC Max)
  • Serie A TIM (Before in TyC Sports broadcast Live or Delayed matches of Serie A from Italy)
  • Coppa Italia (Before in TyC Sports is broadcast Live or Delayed some matches per round of Coppa Italia).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nuestras Oficinas se encuentran ubicadas en Balcarce 510, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Lerena, Ángela (August 12, 2009). "Aquella idea de Carlos Ávila". Crítica de la Argentina (in Spanish) (524). ISSN 1851-6378. 
  3. ^ "Mirando otro canal" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Diario Los Andes. "TyC denunci que hay un acuerdo para estatizar la televisacin del ftbol". Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC Mundo - Cultura y Sociedad - El fútbol argentino cambia de canal" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "INFOnews - El Argentino CABA - Un mundo, muchas voces" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "La AFA "entablará una demanda millonaria" contra TSC". (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Terra - La Justicia rechaz presentacin de TSC contra la AFA y habr ftbol> 14-8-2009 - Actualidad" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Argentina - Ftbol gratis por televisin" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Laura Serra (October 20, 2012). "Asignan más fondos al Fútbol para Todos y a la propaganda oficial" (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 

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