MTG gets Champions League rights as YLE renews

15 April 2015 | Posted in Broadcast, Soccer, Europe, | By Mike Kennedy

MTG gets Champions League rights as YLE renews

Modern Times Group (MTG) has secured the broadcast rights to the Uefa Champions League in Finland in a three-year deal, commencing from the start of the 2015/16 season.

The pay-TV broadcaster, which operates in Scandinavia, will screen the games to the continental club soccer tournament on its online streaming service, Viaplay, and on a new TV channel, Viasat Sport Finland.

Viasat Sport Finland, MTG’s new flagship sports channel in the country, will show key matches live with local commentary on every Tuesday and Wednesday match day during the group stages and knockout rounds, in addition to the final. Subscribers to Viaplay will have access to all of the games.

MTG, which replaces MTV3 as the cable broadcaster of the Champions League in Finland, already holds the rights to the competition in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, MTG president and chief executive, said: “We have shown the world’s best international club football competition in Scandinavia for over 20 years, and we’re really excited about providing Finnish viewers with the best coverage ever of the competition on all screens.

“Uefa Champions League football is a great addition to our exclusive Natinal Hockey League (NHL) and Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) ice hockey rights in Finland.”

Meanwhile, it has also been announced that Finnish public-service broadcaster YLE has retained its package of Champions League rights. The network will air the first pick of games on Tuesday evenings, along with highlights, the final and the annual Uefa Super Cup contested by the reigning Champions League and Europa League champions.

Both deals were brokered by Team Marketing, Uefa’s worldwide agent for the exploitation of commercial rights to the Uefa Champions League.

Spanish giants Real Madrid are the current holders of the Champions League, having defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final in Lisbon.

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