BT Sport wins rights for Champions League and Europa League football

By Mike Berry

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BT Sport will show 350 matches from 2015 as part of the new deal
BT Sport will show 350 matches from 2015 as part of the new deal
BT has won the rights to broadcast the Champions League and Europa League football from 2015 in a c£900m three-year deal, outbidding both Sky and ITV.

The deal is the first time a single UK broadcaster has won the exclusive live rights to all matches from both tournaments.

The company also said it will show a selection of the 350 matches per season for free on BT Sport – broadcast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights - with each participating British team featuring for free at least once each season.

The deal is a further blow to Sky Sports, which is already going head to head with BT Sport in the highly competitive pub market over its coverage of Premier League football.

Accessible

Gavin Patterson, BT chief executive, said: “BT Sport has got off to a strong start with customers enjoying what we have to offer. We have attracted millions of customers by giving sport back to the fans, and we can assure people who want to catch all the action, that European football will be far more accessible and affordable with BT.”

A spokesperson for Sky said: “As with any business, we have to make careful choices about where we spend so that we can offer our customers continued good value for money. This decision was one of those choices.”

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