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Sports channels of SPN acquires exclusive television & digital rights for UEFA EURO 2020

Sports channels of SPN acquires exclusive television & digital rights for UEFA EURO 2020

Kolkata, Sep 6 (UNI) Football is rapidly becoming one of the most followed sports for

Indian audiences.

It has seen a massive growth in the past few years in the country, with over 500

million viewers sampling the sport in FY 2017-18.

As the audience focus shifts from a cricket loving to a multi-sport viewing nation, the

fan following for international football leagues, clubs and players is steadily on the rise

in the country. This growth was further confirmed by the highly successful 2018 FIFA

World Cup Russia which saw a total cumulative reach of 254 million viewers on SPN.

The sports channels of SPN continue to be the one-stop destination for football fans

to catch the best players and the best teams in the sport.

With the acquisition of UEFA Nations League and UEFA EURO 2020, SPN is the

official broadcaster of eight premier international football properties in the Indian

subcontinent including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, LaLiga,

Serie A, UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup. All the action will also be available for

exclusive live-streaming on SPN’s OTT platform, SonyLIV, a SPN spokesperson

on Thursday said.

The UEFA Nations League has been created for the 55-member nations of

UEFA, the European governing body of football. This will largely replace

international friendlies in Europe.

The inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League is set to kick off this week and

includes 2018 FIFA World Cup Champions France along with Croatia, Belgium,

Germany, England, Spain, Portugal and more. While the World Cup and the EURO

championship will take place in every alternate even-year, the UEFA Nations League

will take place every odd-year.

The group fixtures for the League of Nations will be played over six match days

between September and November of 2018, with the finals set for June 2019.

European teams dominated the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and these teams

will be now battle again in the UEFA Nations League as we head towards the

UEFA EURO 2020.

The first week features France v Germany, England v Spain and Portugal v Italy.

The 16th edition of UEFA EURO 2020 is going to be unique as it is not going

to be hosted by one country, but rather spread out across the whole continent.

12 cities in 12 different countries will host matches, to commemorate the 60th

anniversary of the tournament.

The EURO 2020 will run from June 12 to July 12 in 2020 and will feature 24

teams.

Qualifiers for the tournament will run from March 21 to 31, 2020. Led by

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal won the historic championship in 2016 and will

return as the defending champions.

There is no better time to be a football fan in India. The new football season,

which began last month, has sparked great interest. With current Ballon d‘Or

winner Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Juventus this season, the Serie A has

already received increased viewership from fans in India.

The biggest club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League

draw has also pitted the Portuguese star against his former club, Manchester

United. One of the most popular clubs in the country, Barcelona is in the group

of death with Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and PSV.

In addition to this, one of the biggest rivalries in the sporting world will

resume as Real Madrid and Barcelona battle for supremacy in LaLiga.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer Distribution and Head - Sports, Sony

Pictures Networks India said, "“Our objective is to bring the best footballing

action from around the world making the sports channels of SPN the premier

destination for all sports fans. Be it national team or club football, we have

acquired and retained rights to the best properties in the world. We are

delighted to acquire the rights for the UEFA Nations League and UEFA

EURO 2020.”

“2018 FIFA World Cup Russia showed us the strength of European

football with European teams winning the last four editions of the World Cup.

The World Cup has also shown us that the need for international football

tournaments is very high with fans looking for more than just international

friendlies. As the ‘Home of Football’ SPN will give fans the best experience

to see the best clubs, teams, and players in the world,” he added.

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