Czech TV retains free-to-air Europa League rights to 2024
Soccer - 16 Apr 2021
Czech TV, the public-service broadcaster in the Czech Republic, has retained rights to European soccer’s pan-continental Europa League, the second-tier clubs competition, for the 2021-22 to 2023-24 rights cycle.
In addition, the broadcaster has added the third-tier Europa Conference League, which kicks off next season.
The broadcaster will have first pick of the games from each matchday in the two competitions.
The sales process was started by Team Marketing, Uefa’s appointed agency for club competitions, in the Czech Republic and in neighbouring Slovakia, on 11 January, with initial bids due by early February.
Czech TV holds a similar package of Europa League rights for the ongoing 2018-19 to 2020-21 cycle, and has sublicensed a package of rights to the top-tier Champions League this season.
It showed last night’s match between Slavia Prague and English heavyweights Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals, in which the Czech side exited the tournament 5-1 on aggregate, after a 4-0 loss.
Elsewhere in soccer, it has rights to show the 2022 men’s Fifa World Cup, this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 Championships, and the Uefa Nations League.
Pay-TV Europa League rights for the current cycle, across both Czech Republic and Slovakia, are presently held by Nova Sport, which has second pick of the games after Czech TV, while free-to-air rights in Slovakia are held by public-service broadcaster RTVS.
Next season, three Czech teams will start in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, with the potential for two more to enter if they fail to progress in the Champions League.