Returning Ekstraklasa to offer two games per week to international broadcasters
By Jonathan Rest
The Ekstraklasa is to offer international broadcasters two extra games per week for the remainder of the 2019-20 season when Polish soccer's top-tier returns at the end of this month.
The league announced at the end last month that it will return from the coronavirus-enforced suspension on 29 May, with all matches to be played behind-closed-doors, and a final round of fixtures slated for 19 July in the hope that the 2020-21 season can then kick-off in August.
There 11 rounds to be played in the 16-team Ekstraklasa, meaning a total of 88 matches, and the Ekstraklasa has put on offer to broadcasters outside of Poland the right to broadcast two matches per round.
The matches are being offered non-exclusively, as they will also be available on Ekstraklasa.TV, the league’s OTT service.
Each match will be broadcast in high-definition, with between nine and 13 camera production and international graphics.
The Ekstraklasa is hoping the promise of live soccer at a time when a number of top European leagues remain closed down will entice international broadcasters.
Matches on the resumption include Legia Warsaw versus Lech Poznan and LKS Lodz versus Gornik Zabrze.
Live matches on Ekstraklasa.TV are not available in Poland or Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Monenegro, Slovenia and North Macedonia, where Telekom Austria's Planet Sport TV holds the rights.
The platform costs €2.99 per match ($3.23), €6.99 per month or €49.99 for the season.
Domestic Ekstraklasa rights are held by nc+, the pay-television operator, and TVP, the public-service broadcaster, in two-season deals worth almost 250 million zlotys ($59.3 million) per annum.Sportcal