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Virgin Media & TV3 Expand Sporting Catalogue by Securing Rights to the UEFA Champions League & Europa League
21 May 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Virgin Media and TV3 have continued their successful competitive streak to secure rights to all UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches, outbidding RTÉ Sport to secure the exclusive rights to the Champions League Final.

The agreement with UEFA sees Virgin Media and TV3 win exclusive Irish rights to all Wednesday UEFA Champions League matches, all Thursday UEFA Europa League matches and the Finals of both competitions.

In total, Virgin Media and TV3 will have Irish exclusive rights to 327 matches across both competitions per season and will share rights for 16 Tuesday night UCL matches.

The deal, which comes into effect in August this year, also includes exclusive rights to all UEFA Champions League final round qualifiers, the Super Cup and all highlights rights  to both UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next three years.

This news comes after TV3 secured the rights to the NatWest Six Nations tournament, which took place earlier this year and saw Ireland celebrate a famous Grand Slam. TV3 has also secured a 4-year deal that will see the broadcaster bring ‘Champions Cup’ rugby to free-to-air tv for the first time since 2006.

Speaking about this major UEFA content deal for the Virgin Media Group, Pat Kiely, Managing Director of TV3 said:

"The UEFA Champions League is the biggest and most prestigious club competition in the world and we are delighted to extend our partnership with UEFA for both the Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. This landmark deal confirms Virgin Media as Ireland's leading connected entertainment business and is great news for TV3 viewers and Virgin Media Customers.   Our award winning Sports Broadcasting team look forward to bringing the biggest clubs and the best players to our viewers and customers in new and exciting ways over the coming European football seasons." 




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