BeIN Sports regains EFL rights in Australia

Pay-television broadcaster beIN Sports has agreed a new five-season rights deal in Australia for competitions organised by the English Football League, which operates the three divisions below the top-tier Premier League.

BeIN Sports will broadcast games from the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as the EFL Cup knockout competition. The deal will run until the end of the 2021-22 season.

BeIN Sports has broadcast EFL matches in recent seasons, although the current campaign got underway last month without a new deal having been agreed. The broadcaster today (Tuesday) announced that a new long-term agreement has been signed.

BeIN Sports will show live games every week, as well as coverage of every end-of-season play-off match and a weekly highlights programme.

The coverage begins with this evening’s Championship clash between Cardiff City and Leeds United, which kicks off in the early hours of tomorrow (Wednesday) morning in Australia.

A number of Australian national team players currently ply their trade in the second-tier Championship, including Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers, pictured) and Bailey Wright (Bristol City).