Mediaset España has acquired the rights to broadcast the second season of the Kings League and the first season of the Queens League, both football competitions created by Gerard Piqué and streamer Ibai Llanos. The leagues, which were launched on the live video platform Twitch, will now be available on traditional television as part of a long-term collaboration between Mediaset España and Kosmos, the company founded and chaired by Piqué. The agreement includes the broadcast of one match per week for each league as well as summaries of sporting events on Mediaset’s channels.
The Kings and Queens Leagues are not traditional football competitions; they involve 12 teams playing in 40-minute matches with rules that blend aspects of traditional football with new elements. If a match ends in a tie, it is resolved with a round of five penalty kicks for each team. Other rules include each team having several cards that they draw at random that give them advantages such as taking a penalty kick, expelling an opponent for two minutes, or doubling the value of their goals for two minutes.
The leagues also feature celebrity guest players such as Ronaldinho and Kun Agüero, and the referees wear cameras and microphones, allowing viewers to hear their perspectives and comments. The collaboration between Mediaset España and Kosmos is a testament to the popularity and innovation of the Kings and Queens Leagues, which have generated considerable excitement among audiences of all ages.
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