Sport1 picks up European Games, non-Germany Uefa U21 Euros rights

German sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired rights to the European Games multi-sport event and non-Germany matches at football’s Uefa U21 European Championship.

Sport1 will show highlights of this year’s European Games, which will take place in Minsk, Belarus from June 21-30.

The deal covers extensive audio-visual and platform-neutral media rights to the event in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As well as free-to-air television coverage, Sport1 will deliver content on its digital platforms.

The Games are set to feature 15 sports, with 50 countries and more than 4,000 athletes scheduled to compete. Sport1 also broadcast the inaugural edition of the Games, which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015.

Meanwhile, Sport1 will also show coverage of this year’s Uefa U21 European Championship national team tournament, which takes place in Italy and San Marino from June 16-30.

Sport1 will hold platform-neutral audio-visual rights to the competition and will show all group matches that do not feature the German national team. It will also show at least one semi-final that does not feature Germany, and the final if Germany does not reach that stage.

Detailed highlights shows for Germany’s matches will also be shown as part of the agreement.

Germany is the defending champion having won the 2017 event in Poland. Public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF showed the games involving Germany at the 2017 tournament.