ESPN renews European football rights
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 08 August 2014
ESPN has announced it has again purchased the rights – including Spanish broadcasting rights across Latin America and the Caribbean – for the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup.
Under the agreement, effective from the 2015/2016 season through to 2017/18, ESPN and FOX Sports will divide the matches equally for the championships.
For the UEFA Champions League, ESPN will show a total of 76 matches each season, including 70 games from the play-offs, the group stage and knockout rounds. ESPN and Fox will share the semi-finals, the final and the UEFA Super Cup. The same sharing format will be used for the Europa League.
"This renewal underscores our ongoing commitment to always deliver world-class content to our fans across Latin America and the Caribbean," said Tim Bunnell, senior VP, international programming, production, marketing and advertising sales, ESPN International. "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 build on the success we have had over the years in presenting these tournaments to our viewers."
Matches will be televised across all of ESPN's television networks including ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNHD, with ESPN Play, ESPN's broadband network, also offering extensive coverage throughout the tournaments. Additionally, rights will extend across the brand's regional digital platforms including ESPN.com, ESPNFC.com, ESPN FC app, and ESPN mobile Web.