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The value of Uefa club competition rights has rebounded in the Netherlands due to a change in Uefa’s coefficient ranking system that will guarantee at least one Dutch club’s automatic qualification to the Champions League from 2021-22.

Italian pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia has successfully driven down its fee for Uefa’s lower-tier club competition rights in a three-season renewal. The motivation was, in large part, its inability to acquire exclusive streaming rights under the new rules from Italy’s antitrust authority.

The value of Uefa club competition rights in Indonesia has risen incrementally in a renewal with media group Emtek, covering the three seasons from 2021-22 to 2023-24.

Uefa has maintained the value of its club competitions in Portugal through renewals with pay-television broadcasters Eleven Sports and Sport TV.

European football’s governing body Uefa has increased the value of its top-tier Champions League rights in Albania in the 2021-24 cycle by almost a third while also securing free-to-air coverage.

The Team Marketing agency has started the sales processes for media rights to Uefa club competitions from 2021-22 to 2023-24 in another significant market, inviting bids in Turkey

The sales processes for in-flight and in-ship broadcast rights to Uefa’s club competitions from 2021-22 to 2023-24 have been initiated.

Latin America is the latest territory in which invitations to submit offers have been issued for Uefa club competitions broadcast rights from 2021-22 to 2023-24

Broadcasters in the Indian subcontinent have been invited to lodge their bids for rights to the Uefa club competitions across the 2021-24 cycle

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After a five-month delay and a few matches shaved off the top, this season’s Uefa Champions League and Europa League have finally come to a close. The one-legged format used from the quarterfinals produced one of the most exciting tournaments in recent memory, prompting Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin to ponder whether Uefa could learn a thing or two for future seasons.

Swiss pay-television broadcaster Teleclub prioritised retaining a level of exclusivity in choosing to sublicense free-to-air Uefa club competition rights to CH Media over SRG.

Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group’s rivals paid big fees to seal crucial Uefa club competition rights, allowing European football’s governing body to more than double its media-rights income in the Nordics.

Incumbent Match TV overcame pressure from Russian internet players to retain rights to Uefa’s club competition for the 2021-24 cycle, albeit at a steep increase on its current outlay, SportBusiness Media understands.

Spanish telco Telefónica, which owns Movistar, has capitalised on a lack of competitive bids to acquire Uefa’s club rights in the 2021-24 cycle.

Uefa has more than doubled the value of its club competition media rights across five Balkan countries, awarding almost all rights to aggressive bidder Telekom Srbija, as the telco’s battle with rival United Media intensified.

Uefa has increased the value of its lower-tier club competition media rights in Germany by over 40 per cent through commercial broadcaster RTL’s acquisition of exclusive, multi-platform rights to the Europa League and newly created Europa Conference League.

Uefa has continued its success in the DACH region by more than doubling the value of its club competition rights in Austria and significantly increasing them in Switzerland.

Uefa’s Europa League revenue in France will fall in the 2021-24 cycle given limited interest in the property in the wake of the fierce contest for rights to the top-tier Champions League.

Mediapro’s accusation of impropriety in the Uefa Champions League tender process in France has cast a cloud over a record rights-fee outcome for Uefa in the country. But the agency’s threat to take Uefa to court may not be credible, industry experts told SportBusiness Media.
USA

Competition to create effective digital offerings in the US drove a hike in value for Uefa’s club competitions for the 2021-22 to 2023-24 cycle. CBS overcame strong opposition to surprise the market in acquiring English-language rights, while Univision renewed its high-performing Spanish-language rights.

BT’s huge outlay for Uefa club competition rights in the 2021-24 cycle was driven by the UK telco's need to retain a viable sports broadcasting proposition.

Uefa, European football’s governing body, could be on the verge of a sharp downturn in Champions League media-rights revenues for the 2021-24 cycle, with specific factors in the key UK and France markets exacerbating a broader price correction already anticipated for similar high-profile properties.

Indonesian media company Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek) has agreed a two-season deal with Uefa for Champions League and Europa League rights, which became available after the collapse of the rights-holder’s deal with the Futbal Momentum Asia agency.

Uefa will go to market later this year with the rights to the Champions League and Europa League under pressure from Europe’s top clubs to at least maintain the kind of growth it enjoyed in the current cycle. But there are reasons why that will be a massive challenge.

Greek public-service broadcaster ERT will recoup almost a quarter of its investment on the first two years of its deal for Formula One motor racing championship rights in a ‘cash plus content’ sublicensing agreement with pay-television broadcaster Cosmote.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In the latest interactive monthly data report, SportBusiness Media analyses the media-rights landscape in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The beIN Media Group has so far been the main beneficiary of the DAZN Group’s decision to delay the launch of its OTT service in Southeast Asia.