Sky, Amazon eyeing Champions League TV rights in Italy, sources say


MILAN, Italy (Reuters) – Comcast pay TV broadcaster Sky is near securing the majority of the rights to broadcast Champions League video games in Italy for the following three seasons, with Amazon’s Prime Video retaining unique rights for Wednesday’s finest picks, three business sources mentioned on Saturday. Final month, European soccer physique UEFA invited broadcasters to submit bids for the rights to display screen Europe’s prime soccer competitors in Italy.

It was seen concentrating on some 300 million euros ($321 million) per yr from the public sale. Sky, owned by U.S. agency Comcast, is nearing a deal to display screen most Champions League matches on an unique foundation, with a proposal within the area of 180-190 million euros, one supply mentioned. Amazon’s Prime Video is near retaining unique rights to display screen Wednesday’s first picks, the sources mentioned. One mentioned the streaming service had provided 100-110 million euros per yr for the matches. Sky and Amazon declined to remark. UEFA was not instantly accessible for remark.

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(Reporting by Elvira Pollina; modifying by Gianluca Semeraro and Jason Neely)

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