Euro 2020 TV rights on the market in Latin America
The invitation to tender for broadcast rights in Latin America to soccer’s 2020 Uefa European Championships has been launched by the CAA Eleven agency.
The rights to qualifying matches in Europe for both Euro 2020 and the 2022 Fifa World Cup, plus rights to the Uefa Nations League, a new international competition beginning in 2018, are also on offer after the sales processes kicked off last week.
Separate rights auctions have begun for the territory of Brazil and the Caribbean.
Interested broadcasters in Latin America and the Caribbean must lodge offers by 6pm (CET) on 4 April.
DirecTV Latin America, the pan-regional pay-TV broadcaster, held rights to Euro 2016 and is also the incumbent rights-holder across the region (excluding Brazil) for Uefa’s national team qualifying matches, while pay-TV broadcaster Sky Mexico also holds rights.
Euro 2016 rights were held in Brazil by Globo, the commercial broadcaster, and pay-TV sister network SporTV, plus free-to-air commercial broadcaster Bandeirantes (which picked up sub-licensed rights from Globo). Live coverage of the ‘European Qualifiers’ is currently offered in Brazil by SporTV.
Meanwhile, USA-based broadcaster ESPN picked up Euro 2016 rights in the Caribbean, to accompany its US rights.
CAA Eleven recently began marketing the Uefa national team rights in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and East Timor.
Sales processes started last month in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
• S4C, the Welsh-language broadcaster, is to show live coverage of Wales’ remaining qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup after striking a sub-licensing agreement with pay-TV’s Sky.
The agreement ensures free-to-air coverage of Wales’ matches with Ireland (24 March), Serbia (11 June), Austria (2 September) and Moldova (5 September).
Prior to the deal with Sky, S4C only held highlights rights to Wales’ qualifiers.