ESPN International renews Champions League rights
May 18, 2018
ESPN International has retained the broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Europe League in Spanish-speaking Latin America until the 2020-21 seasons.
The deal, which begins in the 2018-19 season, also includes all multimedia rights for the regions. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
“We are thrilled to announce this new agreement with UEFA. The renewal reflects our steadfast commitment to deliver world-class content to fans across Latin America,” said ESPN International’s senior vice president of programming and production Tim Bunnell. “We have a long history as a UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League broadcaster. These competitions are the most prestigious club soccer events in the world, and we are eager to continue to build on the success we have had over the years in presenting these tournaments to our viewers.”
ESPN will broadcast 71 Champions League matches per season under the new agreement, with 66 matches from the final play-off round to the quarter-finals broadcast exclusively on the network and pay-TV.
In addition to the Champions League, ESPN will also carry 103 UEFA Europa League matches per season as well as all UEFA Super Cups.