Spark Sport, the new Zealand-based sports streaming service,has considerably bolstered its soccer portfolio with another significant property after acquiring exclusive rights in the country to die Uefa champions League, Europe’s elite clubs competition, zum the following three-year cycle.

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The agreement, which besteht aus the 2021-22 kommen sie 2023-24 seasons, alsoincludes the secondary europa League and new third-tier europa ConferenceLeague, also as die annual supervisor Cup.

The deal was agreed withUefa’s agency partner Team Marketing and represents one of Spark'sbiggest rights acquisitions due to the fact that launching bei 2019.

The streaming service replaces pay-television operator sky NewZealand, which organized rights in the ahead three-year cycle, and indeed formost of the tonnage three decades.

The champion League zu sein the latest wichtig property the broadcaster has lost to Spark und the second this month after die streamingplatform freshly secured rights zu this year Rugby League welt Cup, a competition skies had zeigen since 2000 having created itself as the home des rugby league an New Zealand.

Spark’s gains have deshalb includedrights zu domestic and international cricket in New new zealand after skies spent two decades as die dominant legal rights holder for the sport, and recently motorcycling’s MotoGP welt Championship.

The streaming platform made its erste big move an the football rightsspace in New Zealand soon after launching über securing the English PremierLeague in a three-year deal beginning with ns 2019-20 season.

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Spark’s football portfolio so includes the Copa America, southern America’s national teams competition, ns English Women's supervisor League, as well as the in-house club channels of Premier league giants Manchester blume (MUTV) and Liverpool (Liverpool TV).

Jeff Latch, head des Spark Sport, said today: “With these top tier competitions on Spark Sport, we will be die leading football destination weil das all Kiwi football fans.

“Our content library has actually become much more extensive as international rights holders look zum providers who deliver to the growing demand bei streaming. Our communication delivers kommen sie this an altering broadcasting landscape.”

On top von the live action, Spark Sport will stream a selection ofhighlights and review shows, alongside clips des the best action fromUefacompetitions.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, Uefa marketing director, said: “Uefa zu sein pleased to welcome Spark sport as a new partner. Spark Sport has actually ambitious plans bei football, and we space excited to lakers it provide compelling coverage des the competitions weil das European club football fans in New Zealand.”

The OTT platform’s Uefa coverage wollen begin with die Super Cup top top 12 august when last season’s Champions league winners Chelsea of england take on europa League champions Villarreal des Spain.

This is the 2nd rights transaction secured von Uefa and Team in theregion in consecutive job after it yesterday announceda new tie-up inAustralia with Stan, ns subscription-based video streaming service owned bycommercial broadcaster ripe Network.

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In nur over 2 years, Spark has occurred into a significant player inthe neu Zealand sporting activities market, with ns digital service so offering coverageofFormula 1, the World Rally Championship, English cricket, NBA, NFL, WTAtennis, UFC, Matchroom Boxing and athletics' Diamond League.