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TORONTO (December 19, 2014) – TSN and RDS today announced a multi-year broadcast rights agreement with UEFA, making Canada’s #1 English and French specialty networks the primary Canadian broadcasters of the crown jewels of club soccer – the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE – beginning in 2015. The multi-year agreement will see TSN broadcast more than 190+ games, including up to 16 group stage games weekly, extensive coverage of the knockout phase, as well as the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL. RDS will deliver live coverage of three of the leagues’ best matches each week.
The agreement with UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, ensures comprehensive coverage of global superstars competing on club soccer’s biggest stages across TSN’s suite of five national feeds and RDS’s slate of specialty channels: RDS, RDS2, and RDS Info.
“TSN’s five-feed lineup is the perfect canvas to deliver the international spectacle that is the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, and we’re thrilled to showcase multiple games across our five feeds on the tournaments’ riveting matchdays,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “The addition of these prestigious tournaments to our strong soccer lineup, which already includes UEFA EURO 2016, FIFA WORLD CUP, BPL, and MLS coverage, means that fans of the beautiful game can turn to Canada’s Sports Leader for the highest-profile games for years to come.”
In addition, the deal includes rights for live coverage of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE on TSN Radio stations across the country.
TSN and RDS will also feature a robust slate of complementary programming focusing on the biggest stars and key storylines from the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, including features and highlight shows. Fans can visit TSN.ca and RDS.ca for complete scores, news, highlights, and analysis of both tournaments.
beIN SPORTS CANADA
TSN and RDS’s agreement with UEFA will also see beIN SPORTS CANADA deliver a significant package of games to their subscribers for both UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE, including live matches and highlight packages.
beIN SPORTS subscribers will be able to view more than 55+ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE matches across its TV network and subscription-based live streaming platform, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, beginning in August with the play-in matches and continuing through to the final match.
beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS CONNECT subscribers will also be able to watch more than 90+ UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE matches throughout the tournament, also including the final match.
“beIN SPORTS prides itself on delivering unrivalled live soccer coverage and premium sports content to its viewers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidliy, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group. “UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE are among the most popular and high-profile soccer events for fans in Canada and across the globe. This offering reaffirms our dedication to bringing the Canadian soccer audience the premium international content they crave.”
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
The UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE is a cross-continental showdown featuring 32 of the best teams from across Europe’s domestic leagues, featuring global powerhouse clubs from England’s Barclays Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, and many more. With games scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of matchweeks, coverage of the competition kicks off annually in September with the round-robin stage, followed by a home-and-away knockout phase, culminating with the single-game UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL in the spring.
The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE features 48 clubs from Europe’s domestic leagues playing six matches on a home-and-away format, followed by a two-leg knockout phase similar to the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.
Soccer on Bell Media
The agreement further solidifies Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS as the home of soccer in Canada. The networks are the exclusive broadcasters of UEFA EURO 2016 and the FIFA World Cup, beginning with the highly-anticipated FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™, and including the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™, and 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR™. TSN and RDS are also official broadcasters of MLS and BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE in Canada.
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RDS is Canada’s French-language sports broadcasting leader and Québec’s #1 specialty network. In addition to its world-class content delivered across multiple platforms, including RDS, RDS2, RDS Info, RDS.ca and RDS GO, RDS offers the broadest portfolio of French-language sports programming in the world. Official broadcaster of the Montreal Canadiens, CFL and Grey Cup, NFL and Super Bowl, MLS and MLS Cup, MLB and World Series, FIFA World Cup from 2015 to 2022 and EURO 2016, and exclusive French-language broadcaster of the Montreal Alouettes, F1®, and the Tour de France, RDS’s slate of channels present almost 4,000 hours of live programming each year, including Montreal Impact soccer, the IIHF World Junior Championship, NASCAR, PGA Tour golf including all four majors, ATP tennis including all four Grand Slam tournaments, Barclays Premier League, NCAA March Madness, Seasons of Champions Curling and Skate Canada events. RDS is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With more championship events than any broadcaster in the country, TSN’s roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
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