La Liga to play games on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this December
This December, beIN SPORTS will televise live La Liga games on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31) as a way to condense the season given that the Spanish league will end earlier than usual this season due to the Euro 2016 competition.
The Spanish Primera League typically takes a winter break, but with the Euro 2016 tournament kicking off on June 10 (and players required to have a break in between the end of their club season and an international tournament), La Liga had to find a creative way to squeeze all 38 gameweeks into the season.
Christmas Eve this year is on a Thursday night, while New Year’s Eve is the following Thursday.
While La Liga hasn’t announced which teams will be playing on December 24 and 31, there’s the prospect of games being featured that could include Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano or Real Madrid vs. Real Sociedad and/or Barcelona vs. Real Betis, among other fixtures.
SEE MORE: View the La Liga 2015/16 TV schedule for viewers in the US.
“I think that for this [US] market, this is going to be very beneficial because there’s already a tradition with Thanksgiving Day dinner with American football,” beIN SPORTS Deputy Managing Director Antonio Briceno said during an interview with World Soccer Talk. “So, maybe now we can see if this can become a staple and we can have very good La Liga games during the holidays.”
Historically, English football has often had games played on Boxing Day (December 26, the day after Christmas) as well as New Year’s Day, which is often one of the most enjoyable weeks in the Premier League calendar. Now that La Liga playing games over the holidays in December, we can only hope that this becomes an annual tradition.
What’s your opinion about La Liga games being played on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve? Would those fit in well with your schedule, or do they come at a busy time of the year where you may be busy with family obligations? Let us know in the comments section below.