Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SuperSport grabs broadcasting rights until 2015 for UEFA Champions League, Super Cup and Europa League for sub-Sahara Africa.

SuperSport has secured the broadcast rights to the UEFA Champions League, Super Cup and Europa League for the 2012/'13 and 2014/'15 seasons the South Africa sports broadcaster has announced. SuperSport secured the broadcasting rights for the entire sub-Saharan Africa territory and the adjacent islands, as well as Nigeria.

Brandon Foot, the head of acquisitions and legal at SuperSport confirmed that SuperSport had acquired the rights following a tender process conducted by UEFA’s marketing agency.

The deal includes 145 Champions League matches, the Super Cup and 205 Europa League matches per season. ''The 2010 FIFA World Cup demonstrated Africans' immense appetite for world-class football and the Champions League falls into that category,'' says Imtiaz Patel, group CEO of MultiChoice SA in a press statement. ''Many of the world's top footballers compete in Europe, so viewers will be able to watch the best of the best, week in and week out.''