Mediaset and Sky agree to share Champions League and Europa League rights

Italian broadcasters Mediaset and Sky Italia have reached a deal to share live coverage of games involving Italian teams in the Uefa Champions League and Europa League over the next two seasons, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Under the agreement, pay-television broadcaster Sky, the original buyer of the exclusive Champions League pay-television rights in Italy in the 2012-13 to 2014-15 cycle, will allow the Mediaset Premium pay-television channel to show games involving Italian teams. Mediaset, which originally bought the exclusive pay-television rights for the Europa League for the three-year cycle, will allow Sky to show matches involving Italian teams from that competition.

This season, the deal means that Sky will show matches involving Internazionale, Lazio and Napoli from the Europa League. The three clubs, which are among the most popular in Italy, could be joined by Udinese, which will enter the Europa League if it fails to progress through the qualifying rounds for the Champions League. Juventus and AC Milan are the only two Serie A clubs guaranteed to take part in the Champions League in the coming season.