ZDF scores winner against Sat.1 for Champions League rights

Jörn Krieger | 05-04-2011

German public broadcaster ZDF has acquired the free-to-air TV rights for the UEFA Champions League spanning across the seasons 2012/13 to 2014/15.

The contract comprises one live game per match day, daily highlights reports from other games as well as the qualifying games and the UEFA Super Cup.

Commercial channel Sat.1 has so far shown the games on free-to-air TV. On pay-TV, Sky Deutschland will continue to screen all matches of the Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

ZDF didn't disclose how much the rights cost, but insiders estimate the amount to be more than €50 million per season. With regards to the high costs, ZDF underlined that it has renounced from acquiring boxing rights and the Tour de France rights and that it also doesn't possess the Europa League rights any more.