SIC extends Europa League deal in Portugal

Portuguese commercial broadcaster SIC has extended its rights agreement for the Uefa Europa League club football competition.

The new contract grants SIC exclusive free-to-air rights across the three seasons spanning 2018-19 to 2020-21. SIC has held rights to the tournament since 2012.

Under the deal, Portuguese newspaper Expresso said SIC will show a live match on each game day of the Europa League, from the group stage through to the final, along with highlights of the competition.

The Europa League deal comes after SIC last month agreed a sublicensing pact with public-service broadcaster RTP for rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup national team football tournament.

Under the agreement, SIC will reportedly sublicense eight matches from rights-holder RTP to this summer’s competition in Russia, including one meeting featuring the Portuguese national team. SIC will hold exclusive rights to these matches.

SIC will also broadcast highlights of the tournament, which runs from June 14 to July 15.