ITV scores Europa League rights

ITV has signed a deal to be the lead UK broadcaster of Uefa Europa League games in a three-year deal that ends Five’s coverage of the event.

The broadcaster has struck a deal to air the first- and second-pick Europa League games for the 2012/13 to 2014/15 seasons, with ESPN picking up the rights to the remainder of the matches.

ITV will show most of the matches on ITV4 and ITV.com, although if UK teams make it to the quarter finals and beyond some matches will be aired on ITV1.

ESPN will show at least one live Europa League match each match week as well as a highlights package.

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