(WFI) UK football fans will tune into ITV and ESPN for Europa League action beginning next season.
UEFA has announced that the TV channels will replace incumbent Channel 5 as the club competition’s broadcasters of choice.
“These deals will further develop and promote the competition in the region by providing football fans throughout the UK with an extensive choice of coverage not only on television but also via online and mobile services,” UEFA said in a statement.
The arrangement provides for ITV to air the top two picks of each matchweek followed by a quick roundup of key action as well as a full highlights program on Fridays.
ESPN will get at least one game per kick-off slot each matchweek in addition to highlights.
Both deals run through the 2015 season.
Also Monday, UEFA awarded Champions League rights for the 2012-2015 period in Greece, Brazil and Portugal as well as Europa League rights in Greece.
In Greece, ERT will continue to broadcast the best Champions League match of each Wednesday in a renewal that includes the final and UEFA Super Cup.
Pay TV operator Nova will receive rights to the remaining Champions League matches as well as all Europa League matches except the top pick of each week.
Elsewhere, free-to-air channel Esporte Interativo will retain Tuesday’s first pick in Brazil up until the quarter-finals with ESPN broadcasting two live matches per matchnight across both ESPN and ESPN Brasil as well as the final and UEFA Super Cup.
And in Portugal, TVI gets the best Tuesday match of each Champions League matchweek with pay television operator Sport TV broadcasting at least four live matches each matchnight. Both channels will share the finals and UEFA Super Cup.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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