Europa League to stay on SIC in Portugal

Broadcaster will show European club soccer’s secondary tournament until 2021.

Europa League to stay on SIC in Portugal

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Portuguese free-to-air broadcaster SIC has retained the rights to the Uefa Europa League, Europe’s secondary club soccer tournament, until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Portuguese newspaper Expresso reports that SIC will show a live match on each game day of the Europa League from the group stage through to the final, along with highlights of the competition.

SIC has held rights to the Europa League since 2009, and is understood to be offering a near 25 per cent increase per season for the rights from 2018/19 to 2020/21, paying €1.6 million (US$2 million) according to the Correio da Manhã newspaper.

Pay-TV broadcaster Sport TV also holds extensive live rights in Portugal to the Europa League, as well as European soccer's premier club competition, the Uefa Champions League.

The news comes after SIC agreed a sublicensing deal last month with public-service broadcaster RTP for rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup national team soccer tournament.