ESPN INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO UEFA EURO 2012 AND 2016 IN THE CARIBBEAN

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ESPN INTERNATIONAL ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO UEFA EURO 2012 AND 2016 IN THE CARIBBEAN

ESPN International to Distribute  

The UEFA European Football Championship™ 2012 and 2016

In the Caribbean

ESPN International will distribute in the Caribbean the UEFA European Football Championship 2012 & 2016—one of the world’s most prestigious soccer tournaments.  The rights are part of ESPN’s broad multimedia rights agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the UEFA European Football Championships™ until 2017.

The UEFA European Football Championship™ 2012 will air on the ESPN Caribbean and ESPN2 Caribbean networks, and on ESPNPlay, the recently launched broadband player servicing the region.  Coverage will include all 31 UEFA EURO 2012™ matches from Poland and Ukraine, from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, July 1, featuring the top 16 European national teams, including England, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

Additional coverage will include pre-match, halftime and post-match programming, news and highlights shows on match days, unlimited re-air rights across all networks and media platforms, magazine programs, and more. 

Four years later, the field will expand to 24 teams and ESPN International will present in the Caribbean all 51 matches of the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 from France. 

The distribution agreement extends ESPN’s relationship in the Caribbean with UEFA, the governing body for association football in Europe, and includes airing on cruise ships sailing in the region; ESPN announced the extension of its agreement with UEFA for rights in the United States recently.  ESPN, the sports media company, served as the U.S. and Caribbean television and U.S. digital home of the UEFA EURO 2008™ and earned much praise for its coverage.

“The continuation of ESPN’s relationship with UEFA confirms ESPN’s place as the home of highest quality soccer programming,” said Michael Walters, vice president, international programming.   “UEFA is part of ESPN’s line-up of premier soccer properties from around the world presented to our viewers in the Caribbean, including the Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, German Bundesliga, and Brazil’s National and Paulista championships.”

UEFA EURO 2012™ PARTICIPATING TEAMS

Group A:  Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Russia

Group B:  Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal

Group C:  Croatia, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Spain

Group D:  England, France, Sweden, Ukraine

 

ABOUT ESPN CARIBBEAN

In the Caribbean, ESPN telecasts several of the world’s highest quality soccer leagues:  Barclays English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, Dutch First Division, Brazil’s Paulista League, and U.S. Major League Soccer, as well as the Brazil National Championship and French League Cup.

ABOUT UEFA EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP™

The UEFA European Football Championship™ is the main soccer competition of the men’s national teams governed by the UEFA.  It is held in even-numbered years every four years, since its inception in 1960.  It was called European Nations Cup until 1968 when the named changed to European Football Championship™.   Considered the second most important competition among national teams after the FIFA World Cup, championships are often referred to by the specific year it is held, such as UEFA EURO 2012™.

Teams representing 16 nations will compete in the 2012 championship, following a two-year qualifications process through matches, many of which were seen on ESPN networks.  For the UEFA EURO 2012™, 51 UEFA member nations competed for the 14 spots – host nations Poland and Ukraine have the two automatic berths.  The final draw for UEFA EURO 2012™ was held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Dec. 2, 2011.  Spain won the last championship – UEFA EURO 2008™ – hosted by Austria and Switzerland. 

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