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Football roundup: UEFA sets out Champions League comeback plans; LiveScore grabs Serie A and Primeira Liga rights; La Liga sees solid return

European football governing body UEFA has announced plans for the return of the continent’s top club football competition the Champions League. With leagues around Europe either scrambling to finish their seasons – eg. Germany and England – or being curtailed altogether – such as France and the Netherlands – the status of the Champions League […]

FC Barcelona launches subscription video service

LaLiga champions FC Barcelona have launched a new SVOD called Barça TV+. The club will hope that it can build on its online base of over 350 million followers to create a successful subscription streaming product that “offers fans personalised experiences and content while also boosting this new line of business, which is expected to […]

BT Sport to broadcast entirety of remaining Bundesliga season

Following news that the German Bundesliga will resume after a 61-day hiatus, UK rights holder BT Sport has announced that it will broadcast all of the season’s remaining matches. Starting with the Revierderby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke at 2:30pm on May 16, BT said that it will broadcast every match for the remainder of […]

Belarusian Premier League strikes broadcast deals across Europe as last league standing

With the sporting world seemingly brought to a halt, broadcasters have turned to an unlikely source for live content: Belarus. As reported by Reuters, the Belarus Football Federation (ABFF) has signed deals with broadcasters from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Israel and India as the league continues to play. The little-known Belarusian Premier League is […]

Real Madrid launches channel on Twitch

Iconic Spanish football club Real Madrid has launched a channel on Amazon-owned video game streamer Twitch.  The channel was launched to coincide with La Liga’s esports tournament which attracted more than a million viewers and happened to be won by Real Madrid striker Marco Asensio. A sports team operating a Twitch channel is not a […]

English football further postponed beyond April 30

Football in England will not resume before April 30. In a joint statement from the FA, Premier League, EFL, the women’s professional game, the PFA and LMA, the bodies have indefinitely pushed back from the initial April 3 resumption date. The statement also says that the FA has agreed to not enforce its rule that […]

British betting companies breaching broadcast blackout rules, claims report

Gambling firms in the UK have been violating the FA’s Saturday broadcast blackout rules, claims a new report.  According to i, Brits have been able to access live streams of La Liga, Seria A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 games through betting companies bet365, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes during the two-and-a-half-hour blackout window between 14:45-17:15 on […]

Argentine FA launches AFA Play streamer

Argentina’s footballing body, the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA), has announced the launch of a new subscription streaming service.  Operated by ViewLift, AFA Play was revealed at CES with the AFA claiming to be the first world football federation to launch branded channels on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. The platform will feature […]

Portuguese club Benfica launches SVOD platform

League leaders Benfica have become the first Portuguese club to launch their own subscription OTT streaming platform. Launched with Insys Video Technologies the service is called Benfica Play. The platform will feature exclusive interviews with current and former players, behind-the-scenes footage and videos from the training ground. Benfica has also hired a dedicated digital video […]

RTVE confirms it won’t bid for Saudi-hosted Spanish Super Cup

Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE will not bid for the rights to the Spanish Super Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia.  The Spanish football federation (RFEF) last week announced a three-year deal to host a refreshed version of the tournament in Saudi Arabia, with the first iteration to be held in Jeddah in January 2020. […]

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