UEFA Signs New Broadcast Deals

Hi everyone,
UEFA has awarded the free-to-air media rights to Euro 2012 in Portugal, while it has also concluded a deal for the 2012-15 Europa League cycle in the USA and Caribbean.

Public service broadcaster RTP and leading commercial broadcasters SIC and TVI have been awarded free-to-air rights to Euro 2012 in Portugal, with the agreement set to complement an existing pay-TV deal with Sport TV.

The three broadcasters will provide transmission of 19 matches, including the opening and final matches, and highlights programmes of all 31 games. Sport TV will show all 31 matches live.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports has clinched all media rights to the 2012-15 Europa League in the USA and Caribbean, bringing to an end UEFA’s relationship with current partner DirecTV.

Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast at least two live Europa League matches, as well as one highlights programme and one delayed match per match week. In addition Fox Soccer Plus will show one live match per kick-off slot up to the quarter-finals.

The announcement concludes the award of media rights in the region, after Fox Sports were also awarded the 2012-15 Champions League media rights. The rights awarded to Fox Sports in the Caribbean are non-exclusive. [Source: Sport Business]

Karl Lusbec

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