Polsat renews rights to Polish Cup and second-tier 1 Liga to 2024
Polsat, the terrestrial and satellite television operator in Poland, has retained rights to the Fortuna 1 Liga, domestic soccer's second tier, and the country's knock-out Totolotek Polish Cup until the end of the 2023-24 season.
The three-year renewal was struck with the PZPN, the Polish soccer association.
The PZPN said the deal gives Polsat the right to broadcast at least 28 matches per season from the Polish Cup, including all from the last-16 stage onwards, and the annual Super Cup.
Under the country's listed events legislation, the semi-finals and final have to be available on free-to-air television.
In terms of the 1 Liga, Polsat will show at least 102 matches per season, including all three promotion playoff games, as well as a weekly, 30-minute magazine programme.
The PZPN said it has retained the right to broadcast any Polish Cup matches not aired by Polsat on its own digital streaming platform, and has an agreement in place with 1 Liga to do the same for second-tier league matches.
Zbigniew Boniek, the president of the PZPN, said: “You meet real friends in difficult, demanding times. Telewizja Polsat once again showed that you can count on it even in hard to imagine circumstances. We are not playing today, we are waiting for control of the situation, but it is known that in the end normal life will win and the ball will also win.
"Polsat not only raised the television rank of Totolotek Polish Cup and the Fortuna 1 League championship to a very high level, it also showed that it is a very responsible and stable partner of the PZPN.”
Top-tier Ekstraklasa rights are held domestically by nc+, the pay-TV satellite operator, and TVP, the public-service broadcaster, and are bringing in nearly 250 million zlotys ($60 million) per annum in rights fees and production costs for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.Sportcal