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Sky Deutschland scores EHF Champions League rights

Pay-television broadcaster Sky Deutschland has agreed a three-year deal for the exclusive live rights in Germany and Austria to the European Handball Federation’s Champions League club competition.

The agreement commences from the 2014-15 season and will run until 2016-17, and will also include internet, IPTV and mobile rights for Germany and Austria.

Sky will broadcast each of the 30 group phase games of the competing German clubs, as well as all games of the last 16 and quarter-finals with German involvement.

Sky will also be the exclusive broadcaster of the season finale, the EHF Final4, which this season takes place on May 30-31 in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. In addition, highlights of the games featuring German clubs will be available on demand at no cost via the Sky.de/mediathek online platform.

Peter Vargo, managing director of EHF Marketing, said: “We’re pleased and proud to be working with a stronger partner in the German-speaking market and see this agreement as a very positive development for the competition.”

In the 2014-15 season, THW Kiel, defending champion SG Flensburg-Handewitt and Rhein-Neckar Löwen will represent the German Bundesliga in the Champions League.

Sky will open its coverage with Rhein-Neckar Löwen’s clash against Montpellier Agglomeration HB on September 27.