Following the recent award of certain 2012–15 UEFA Champions League media rights to Globo in Brazil, UEFA announced today the award of the remaining media rights to Esporte Interativo and ESPN.
Free-to-air thematic sports channel Esporte Interativo has renewed its media rights to broadcast the Tuesday first-pick live match up until the quarter-finals. As of the quarter finals, Esporte Interativo will screen on a live basis the second pick of the matchweek. In addition, Esporte Interativo will show a highlights programme each matchweek, as well as the UEFA Super Cup live and the UEFA Champions League final delayed.
ESPN, meanwhile, has acquired all rights for the UEFA Champions League for exploitation across the three ESPN-branded channels ESPN, ESPN Brasil and ESPN HD. As a minimum, ESPN will broadcast two live games per matchnight on ESPN and ESPN Brasil, both on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as the final and the UEFA Super Cup. In addition to the live matches, one Wednesday highlights programme and four delayed games will also be screened every matchweek.
All rights have been granted on a platform-neutral basis. Both broadcast partners will therefore exploit the rights via television, internet – on esporteinterativo.com.br and espn.com.br – and on mobile.
Commenting on the award of these media rights in Brazil, UEFA said: "UEFA is happy to renew its partnerships with Esporte Interativo and ESPN. Both partners have proven their dedication and the extent of their commitment to Europe's top tier football competition during this cycle and UEFA looks forward to continuing these successful relationships through to 2015."
This announcement concludes the sale of UEFA Champions League rights in Brazil. In respect of the sale of UEFA Europa League media rights, the process is ongoing and further announcements will be made in due course.
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