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rdd2,562 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Interesting that for all the media talk of UEFA wanting an FTA partner, what has actually happened is that the UEFA club competitions lose the last bit of FTA coverage there was. Note no mention of Showcase in the announcement.
thegeek3,954 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
Interesting that for all the media talk of UEFA wanting an FTA partner, what has actually happened is that the UEFA club competitions lose the last bit of FTA coverage there was. Note no mention of Showcase in the announcement.

It sounds like they're going to be pushing social media far more than any potential FTA sublicensing deal. Expect live(ish) goal clips, and the on-the-night highlights programme, and the finals streamed free.
Hatton Cross2,145 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
'Competitive auction process'

All one way traffic, and not at all transparent, though.

We all know BT won, but I'd like to know who threw their hat in to the ring - and what they were offering to pay UEFA
ITV "Occasionally it gives us something good, but for the most part, it is pathetic and puerile". Lord Taylor, House Of Commons, 1959.
DVB Cornwall6,606 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
You won't find that out for commercial reasons. It's clearly sensitive information that all parties, Rights owners, Winners and indeed Losers would never want released to the media. Doing so would further explode the value of broadcasting rights globally.
DVB Cornwall6,606 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Some suggestions in the media today that this deal might compromise any BT expansion of Premier League rights for 2019-22 when they are tendered next January. Sky likely to retain their UEFA bid monies to block this. It certainly means a re-rating of BT's capacity for additional rights when they arise.

Key rights due are

ATP 250/500/1000/Finals - Tennis
European Rugby (alleged that ER want a single partner this time around)
Scottish Football.
rdd2,562 posts since 21 Jun 2001

European Rugby (alleged that ER want a single partner this time around).

It's what EPCR themselves told the media, at least in Ireland. Or at least that they only want one pay-TV partner.
http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/european-cup/european-champions-cup-set-to-return-to-irish-terrestrial-tv-1.2818440

The split deal was wanted by no-one, not ERC (as was), not the unions, not the leagues, not the TV companies. It was the unsatisfactory compromise to resolve when two different organisations went and sold the TV rights to the same tournament to two different companies.