UEFA’s other club competition has found a home in Canada for the next three years. Sportsnet has announced a new deal with UEFA to broadcast the UEFA Europa League through 2015. This deal is in addition to their UEFA Champions League deal which also runs through 2015. Sportsnet and Sportsnet World will combine to show 205 games per year. TVA Sports will show 15 in French. Exact details of how Sportsnet’s coverage will break down by channel aren’t available yet.
After three years of coverage on TLN, this is major news for Canadian soccer fans. TLN stashed much of their coverage on Euroworld Sport, which isn’t available to many Canadians.
Here is Sportsnet’s press release.
Sportsnet announced today it has secured the Canadian multimedia rights to UEFA Europa League for the next three seasons, solidifying Sportsnet as Canada’s home to the world’s most prestigious soccer events.
The new agreement includes 205 UEFA Europa Cup (formerly called UEFA Cup) matches each season, which will be delivered to Canadians on a suite of multimedia rights – television, online and mobile. Additionally, through Sportsnet’s agreement with TVA Sports, the deal also includes expanded French-language coverage across the same platforms with a minimum of 15 matches to be broadcast on TVA Sports per season.
“Soccer is a top sport of choice among Canadians coast to coast, and the UEFA Europa League is one of the premiere events on the calendar for soccer fans,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. “We are thrilled to partner with UEFA for the exclusive Canadian rights for the Europa League, which continues to solidify our commitment to fueling fans with premium soccer events across multiple platforms.”
The new three-year partnership marks the first multiple year, multiplatform agreement with Sportsnet for UEFA Europa League rights, and is hot on the heels of Sportsnet’s three-year partnership extension with UEFA through the 2014-15 season for UEFA Champions League.
For the next three years, Sportsnet fuels fans with multiplatform coverage of the UEFA Europa League including:
- Group Stage
- Knockout Phase (Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals)
- Championship Final
In addition to the UEFA Europa League package, Sportsnet is home to the UEFA Champions League, as well as the UEFA Super Cup, pitting the winners of the previous season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League against each other. The UEFA Super Cup acts as the curtain raiser for the new UEFA club competition season.