UEFA has invited French candidates to submit their offers this Wednesday to broadcast the new version of the Champions League for the period 2024-2027. Several parties are being marketed.
Candidates for the broadcast of the new version of the Champions League for the period 2024-2027 can submit their bid to UEFA on Wednesday morning until 11 a.m. This also applies to the Europa League and the Conference League. The European Confederation opened the auction very early in early June, just days after the end of the first year of the current contract (2021-2024). With one goal: to increase the amounts to well above the 370 million euros per season that is currently paid out by the three broadcasters: RMC Sport, Canal+ and beIN Sports.
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The next period will coincide with the new formula of the main competition with more clubs (36 against 32 currently) and matches (144 in chickens against 96 currently). The participants will be divided into four hats of nine teams, with four guaranteed places for the four best countries (England, Spain, Germany, Italy) and three for France. This new mechanism will lead to the addition of additional data in pools (8 vs 6).
Games on Thursday, a pre-season tournament…
In addition to the traditional Tuesday and Wednesday, UEFA will also schedule matches on Thursday in the first week of each edition. Thereafter, the classic pattern resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday with two matches at 6:45 PM and seven at 9:00 PM. However, all matches are scheduled in prime time on the last day. Another great first: the creation of an inaugural tournament in August between the winner of the previous season and three other teams.
So many novelties to drive up the prices. According to L’Equipe, UEFA has launched four batches. The first will broadcast the most beautiful line-up on Tuesday (17 games in total per season), as well as the best moments from other competitions and a magazine. The second batch offers Wednesday’s and Thursday’s 1st pick with highlights from the other meetings, the paid-broadcast final and the new inaugural tournament.
Which actors in this tender?
The third batch includes all other matches (166) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Finally, the final batch offers an unencrypted broadcast of the finale, a requirement in France. Which actors will submit their candidacy? Secrecy is of course in order in such a competitive file.
Amazon Prime Videos, which has won 80% of the Ligue 1 rights, is a credible candidate. Apple, which recently signed an unprecedented broadcasting contract with MLS, has also entered the sports rights market. DAZN and Discovery are also potential contenders. What about Netflix? Damien Bernet, director of development for France, said on Tuesday that “the broadcast of live sports on Netflix is not on the agenda”. UEFA’s selection of the next broadcaster is expected in the coming hours or days.
The four lots launched for the Champions League
Lot 1: the most beautiful Tuesday poster (17 matches in total per season), highlights from other matches and a magazine
Lot 2: the best line-up for Wednesday and Thursday, best moments from other matches, the pay-to-play final, a magazine, new inauguration tournament.
Lot 3: all other matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and the first Thursday (166)
Group 4: the final in error
Two prizes for the Europa League and the Conference League
Lot 1: Best Poster of C3 or C4 Magazine (20 games per season)
Lot 2: broadcast of all other matches, magazine (323 matches per season)