Following a tender process BT has won the exclusive live broadcast rights to all 350 matches from both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League tournaments. The rights run for three seasons from 2015/16. Currently, the UK Champions League rights are shared between broadcasters ITV and pay TV operator Sky.
BT’s range of sports channels, launched in early 2013, will be the new UK home to all live UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football – marking it the first time that a single UK broadcaster has won the exclusive live rights to all matches from both tournaments.
BT have to pay around £299 million per season for the rights and will now be able to air all 350 matches from both tournaments. BT stated that the rights are expected to drive additional growth in their Consumer revenue and profits over the medium-term. BT will pay a deposit of around £60m in November 2013 followed by six-monthly instalments commencing July 2015.
Gavin Patterson, BT chief executive, said today: "I am thrilled that BT Sport will be the only place where fans can enjoy all the live action from the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The live rights will give a major boost to BT Sport and give people yet another reason to take our terrific service. BT Sport has got off to a strong start with customers enjoying what we have to offer. “
DTG Staff | 12.11.2013