Esporte Interativo nets pay-TV, FTA Champions Cup rights

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 19 March 2015

Brazil's sports network Esporte Interativo has acquired multi-platform broadcasting rights for the second edition of the Champions Cup, an exhibition football tournament to be played in the US and Australia right before the big leagues and the Champions League kick off.

According to the Brazilian site TeleViva, the channel, which was purchased by Turner Broadcasting Corporation Latin America in January has bought the Champions Cup rights for pay-TV and free-to-air (FTA) TV.

The broadcasting agreement will last for three years and will bring to the Brazilian audience matches between the best teams in the world. With last year's edition having been won by Manchester United, the Champions Cup 2015 will see participation from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, Bayern, Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma, plus the former champions.

The football championship will be held between July and August and will follow a play-off structure with over 20 matches to be played.

The channel was initially broadcast on FTA networks but is now also available as premium content in some pay-TV platforms including DIRECTV's Sky and América Móvil's Net.