UEFA has confirmed an exclusive deal with Spanish telephone company Telefónica for the rights to a number of leagues including the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
The deal, valued at €975m, runs for three years and begins from the 2021/2022 season. The matches will be available on the Movistar+ platform owned by Telefónica.
Movistar now have the broadcasting rights to all of the main European competitions for Spain and Andorra. The deal also gives Movistar the rights to show these matches in public places such as cafes restaurants and hotels.
“UEFA is delighted to be continuing the distribution of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Youth League in Spain with Telefónica, as well as the new European club competition, the UEFA Europa Conference League,” Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA Marketing Director said.
“This partnership ensures the competitions will continue to receive comprehensive exposure, through the delivery of innovative coverage to football fans in Spain.”
Currently Mediapro is the broadcast partner of UEFA, however Mediapro sublicenses the contract to Telefónica, allowing it to be broadcast on Movistar+. The new deal is directly between the UEFA and Telefónica.
“This agreement with UEFA is an important step in Movistar’s strategy linked to the world of sport,” Emilio Gayo, Executive President of Telefónica España said.
“Our Movistar+ platform continues to work after three decades to continue making football accessible in our country. A specialized team, the quality of everything surrounding the competition and differential production values are our hallmark.
“With Movistar, our client will always have the best sport and the latest technology to guarantee an added value entertainment experience, beyond the broadcasts”.
The UEFA Champions League will resume on August 7. The draws for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final for this year’s Champions League will be held on Friday in Switzerland.
Atalanta, Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain have qualified for the quarter-finals. Chelsea / Bayern München, Napoli / Barcelona, Real Madrid / Manchester City and Olympique Lyon / Juventus are yet to finish their Round of 16 matches.
This latest Spanish rights deal comes after Telefónica locked in a new €300 million sublicensing agreement that will see rival Orange broadcast La Liga and Champions League games for the upcoming 2020/21 campaign.