Euro 2020 rights now on the market in Turkey
An invitation to tender has been launched in Turkey for media rights to soccer’s 2020 European Championships.
CAA Eleven, Uefa’s agency partner for European national teams competitions, is also inviting offers for rights to qualifying matches for Euro 2020 and European qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, plus rights to the new Uefa Nations League, an international competition starting in 2018.
The tender was issued last week, and a deadline of 11 December has been set for bids to be submitted.
Euro 2020 will be held in 13 cities across Europe, albeit none in Turkey, which is bidding to host the 2024 championships on its own instead. Germany is also in the running to stage the later tournament.
TRT, the public-service broadcaster, and Digiturk, the pay-television operator, shared Turkish rights to Euro 2016, which was staged in France.
Saran Media, the Turkish sports rights agency, had been appointed to sell rights to Euro 2016 and qualifiers in Turkey and Central Asian countries.
There is a sales process already under way for the rights in Turkey to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League club competitions for the 2018-19 to 2020-21 seasons.
The invitation to tender was launched by the Team Marketing agency in September, with an initial bid deadline of 16 October, but deals have yet to be concluded.
Türk Telekom, the Turkish telecoms firm, is the main rights-holder for both competitions in the current cycle (2015-16 to 2017-18).
Elsewhere, Uefa and CAA Eleven are looking to award broadcasting rights for Euro 2020, plus European qualifiers for that tournament and for the 2022 World Cup and the Nations League, in several other territories.
An invitation to tender was launched in Malaysia on 10 October, with a bid deadline of 7 November; in Ukraine on 17 October, with a deadline of 14 November; and in Israel on 30 October, with a deadline of 27 November.
Earlier this month, in a rare agency-to-agency deal, IMG was awarded exclusive rights in Indonesia to Euro 2020, the two qualifying campaigns and the Nations League.