Virgin Media and TV3 secure Champions League and Europa League rights

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2018

The deal will give Virgin Media and TV3 exclusive rights to 327 European matches per season in Ireland across both competitions, along with shared rights along with public broadcaster RTÉ to 16 Tuesday night UEFA Champion League matches.

ESPN has reached a wide-ranging rights agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to continue broadcasting the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Europa League in Spanish-speaking Latin America through the 2020-21 season. It is unclear how Virgin will deliver this volume of matches - whether it will be broadcast on TV3, a subsidiary channel, or via an online streaming service.

Pat Kiely, managing director of TV3, did not mention any details of the broadcast arrangements in...

A spokesperson for Virgin told the Irish Independent: "Virgin Media and TV3 are simply announcing this landmark rights deal - which has just been established - and they will then be providing more information in due course".

"To secure the Champions League first choice games on Tuesday nights for the next three seasons means that Irish audiences will continue to have free to air access to the world's leading club competition".

On satellite TV BT Sport continues to hold exclusive rights, although there is speculation that it may sub-let some games to Channel 4 or ITV as there are now no European games on terrestrial television in the UK.

RTÉ lost out on rights to broadcast the final, in what is being seen as a significant blow to the Montrose-based station.

From next season, new kick-off times come into effect for the Champions League. The final, as with all Champions League and Europa League games, will not be broadcast on any free-to-air television in the UK.

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