Coronavirus: Olympics officially delayed; Champions League postponed

After weeks of speculation, the 2020 Olympics have officially been postponed.  The decision was reached following talks between Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach. A joint statement from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee confirmed that “[the Games] must be rescheduled to a date beyond […]

Women’s Euros to be rescheduled but dates unknown

The 2021 Women’s European Championship will be pushed back following the move by UEFA to reschedule this summer’s men’s iteration to next year over the coronavirus pandemic.  The men’s tournament has been given a new start date of June 11, with the final set for July 11. Current scheduling would give an overlap of four […]

All football in England postponed until April 3

The English Premier League, Women’s Super League and Football League have been suspended until April 3. The EPL follows Italy, Spain and Germany in calling off football, though unlike those competitions the Premier League has set a specific return date, though that is subject to change. The Times previously reported that the league had come […]

Euro 2020 on brink of postponement claims report

UEFA is reportedly close to postponing the upcoming Euro 2020 competition as Europe continues to combat the spread of Coronavirus. According to sources cited by the Associated Press, UEFA has been assessing whether the tournament can be staged with a final decision set to be made next Tuesday. The source goes on to say that […]

Euro 2020 still on says UEFA spokesperson

A spokesperson for UEFA has said that the European footballing body is still pressing ahead with plans for this Summer’s Euro 2020 tournament despite the spread of Coronavirus. Italian outlet Tuttosport reported that several national federations requested the tournament’s postponement, but a source speaking to the Associated Press called this “completely untrue.” The unnamed spokesperson […]

Sports bodies call on US to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy priority list

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA and a range of US sports bodies have called on the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its priority watchlist on the eve of a review into the Kingdom’s piracy activities.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is currently holding public hearings in its annual review […]

BeIN picks up Euro 2020 in France

BeIN Media has acquired the rights to Uefa Euro 2020 in France.  Under the terms of the deal, BeIN will broadcast all 51 of the month-long tournament’s matches with 28 matches being fully exclusive. The deal will cover linear and digital output, and includes highlights near-live and on-demand clips. The deal is believed to be […]

EBU signs Women’s Euro 2021 deal

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has signed a deal with Uefa for the media rights to Women’s Euro 2021 and several other properties in over 50 European countries.  The EBU is an international alliance of 56 public service media organisations, and includes the likes of ITV, Channel 4, TF1 and RTE. It is best-known for […]

TFI and M6 secure Euro2020 rights

French commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 have acquired exclusive free-to-air rights to air the UEFA Euro2020 competition.  The two groups have agreed to share the rights to the top 23 fixtures of the competition, comprising 12 group stage matches, including the opening matches of the French team, along with five last-16 matches, three quarter finals, […]

UEFA and La Liga prepare for seismic shift from pay TV to OTT

Media reports this week suggest that European football’s heavyweights are bracing themselves for a seismic shift in the way they generate revenue for their live rights, with OTT becoming an increasingly important alternative to pay TV. Over the weekend, the FT reported that European football’s governing body UEFA is planning to show Champions League matches […]