Chelsea players celebrate the winning goal in the Champions League final. Photo / AP
Spark Sport has added another important layer to its international football offering, securing the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons.
The deal also includes the UEFA Europa League and the new UEFA Conference League.
The Champions League is considered the most prestigious annual football competition in the world, with all of Europe’s super clubs involved.
Chelsea won the last edition last May, beating compatriot England Manchester City in the final. The 2021-2022 competition kicks off in August, with the Europa League the following month.
The telecom company’s move will be seen as another blow to Sky Television, which has broadcast the Champions League (and other European club competitions) for most of the past three decades.
It also means that the digital platform has built an impressive football stable.
Spark Sport has owned the rights to the English Premier League since the 2019-20 season, which is the largest and most popular domestic football competition in the world. They also have the platforms of the clubs Manchester United and Liverpool, the Women’s Super League and the Copa America.
Sky’s football offering is built around the Wellington Phoenix and the A League.
The pay-TV operator also hosts the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the European Championships (currently broadcast), although these are quadrennial events.
Spark’s decision underscores the competitive nature of the sports rights market in the country, which was a near-monopoly until a few years ago.
They recently reclaimed the rights to the Rugby Union World Cup – which had belonged to Sky since 2000 – although Sky followed a few days later by extending their NRL rights until 2027.
“We are incredibly happy to bring New Zealand football fans the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League in addition to our current Premier League football selection, Women’s Super League, from Copa América, MUTV and Liverpool TV, “said Jeff Latch, director of Spark Sport.
“Our library of content has grown as international rights holders seek out providers that meet the growing demand for streaming. Our platform responds to this evolving broadcast landscape.
Spark Sport will also broadcast a range of highlights and reviews, along with clips of the best action.
Since its launch a little over two years ago. Spark Sport has had an undeniable impact on the market.
The digital platform now contains shared or exclusive content from Formula 1, World Rally, Moto GP, NBA, NFL, WTA tennis, UFC and World Athletics Diamond League, between other properties. big fish in their wallet.