Rai and Sky Italia strike Euro 2016 rights deal

Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, the director general of Rai, has said the Italian state broadcaster has agreed a deal for rights to the Uefa Euro 2016 national team football tournament.

Speaking at a press conference for the presentation of new Rai directors, Dall’Orto confirmed reports of the finalisation of an agreement that will see Euro 2016 rights shared with pay-television broadcaster Sky Italia.

He said: “We have closed the deal for the next European football championship. We will have 27 games exclusively in the clear.”

According to multiple reports, Sky will broadcast all 51 games from Euro 2016, which takes place in France from June 10 to July 10. Rai’s 27 games will include those of the Italian national team and will be broadcast on a simulcast basis. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport said the agreement is worth just under €100m ($111.7m) in total.

Italy has been drawn to face Belgium, Ireland and Sweden in the group phase and will commence its campaign against the Belgians in Lyon on June 13.