BT Sport hold on to Champions League rights
BT Sport has held on to exclusive live and highlights rights for the Champions League and Europa League after beating off competition from Sky and ITV.
A new three-year-deal will see every game shown from the Champions and Europa Leagues and the new Europa Conference League.
It’s a crucial deal for BT which would have been left with just Premier League games as its main footie offering if it had lost the Europeans rights with the broadcaster’s contracts to show the Scottish Premiership and FA Cup not being renewed.
The deal, worth £400million a season, will see BT Sport show:
- 420 games a season from the Champions, Europa and new Conference League
- Highlights will also be exclusively on BT Sport, although goals, match highlights packages and key moments will be available free via BT’s social media, online site, digital platforms and app.
- The finals of all thee competitions will again be available FREE-TO-AIR on BT’s various digital platforms including YouTube and the app.
The Champions League has been on BT since 2015 and exclusively since last season.
Sky and ITV are believed to have teamed up to try and snatch the rights from BT. However, neither was willing to match what BT were prepared to pay. The rights are more significant to BT than Sky as Sky has a much bigger portfolio of domestic football rights with the pick of the Premier League matches, the EFL and Carabao Cup and from next season the Scottish Premiership exclusively.