Fox Sports International has acquired the media rights in the US and Caribbean to the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s most prestigious annual club soccer competition, and the UEFA Super Cup. The agreement with UEFA – the governing body of soccer in Europe – begins with coverage of the UEFA Champions League Playoffs this August and will encompass the 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons in their entirety.
Matches from the UEFA Champions League will air on a number of Fox-affiliated networks, including Fox Soccer Channel, FSN, FX and Fox Sports en Español, providing an unprecedented level of live and prime-time coverage for the competition in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
As the primary outlet for the UEFA Champions League, Fox Soccer Channel will deliver 110 live and delayed UEFA Champions League matches per season to its nearly 35 million subscribers. FSN – reaching up to 83 million homes nationwide through its owned and affiliated regional sports networks – will televise 16 live matches per season, while Fox Sports en Español will distribute 94 total contests (live and delayed) in Spanish to its 14 million subscribers.
The UEFA Champions League Final will air each season on FX, reaching over 95 million homes nationwide. Next season, the final will be staged on a Saturday for the first time in its history, with the match kicking off at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time on May 22, 2010 at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.