Sky Italia beats Mediaset to Champions League rights in Italy

Broadcaster takes three-year rights package to Uefa club competitions.

Sky Italia beats Mediaset to Champions League rights in Italy

Sky Italia has secured the exclusive broadcast rights to the Uefa Champions League, Uefa Europa League and Uefa Super Cup for a three-year period from 2018 to 2021.

The package includes all matches from Uefa's continental club competitions from the 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

Sky beat rival broadcaster Mediaset to the agreement.

From the 2017/18 season, four teams from Italy's top division, Serie A, will automatically qualify for the Uefa Champions League, up from the current three.

“We are extremely pleased with this result," said Andrea Zappia, Sky Italia chief executive. "For the first time ever the Champions League and Europa League will be available together in an exclusive integrated offer that will allow fans to view up to seven Italian teams, more than ever before, competing against the best clubs in Europe.”

Italian league winners Juventus featured in this season's Champions League final, losing to Real Madrid of Spain, their second final defeat in three years.