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Cosmote renews Greek Cup domestic rights

Greek pay-television broadcaster Cosmote has renewed its deal with the Hellenic Football Federation for the exclusive rights to the Greek Cup knockout competition.

The two parties agreed a one-year deal for the domestic rights which begins at the Round of 16 stage on January 7 next year. This is the stage at which last season’s top-five Greek super League 1 clubs enter the competition. These clubs are AEK Athens, Aris Thessaloniki, Olympiakos, Panathinaikos and PAOK.

The deal marks the first time in at least the last four cycles where the rights have been sold for just one season. The rights have historically been sold as three-year deals.

Cosmote has broadcast the competition since at least 2010 with its previous deal running between the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons.

The HFF launched a tender for the rights earlier in the year which had sought a buyer for a three-season cycle, but this was tender was cancelled. It thought the tender failed to attract an acceptable bid by its August 26 deadline.