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UEFA signs new CL broadcast deals

Having already signed off eight national contracts, UEFA has unveiled new Champions League rights deals in a further 11 countries for the new three-year term which runs from the start of the 2003/04 season through to the end of 2006.

New rights deals have been signed in Africa (Supersport), Albania (Klan TV), Armenia (Armenia TV), Cyprus (Lumiere TV), Finland (Nelonen/Channel 4 and Viasat), Japan (SkyPerfecTV and JSkySports in combination with Fuji TV), Malta (PBS), Moldova (Teleradio Moldova), Poland (Polsat), Romania (Pro TV), and Turkey (Star TV).

Agreements have already concluded with various broadcasters in UK, France, Holland, Greece, Belgium, Scandinavia, Ireland and Israel.

So far, over 50 deals have been agreed at least in principle covering 109 territories around the world including pan-regional deals.

Commenting on these latest TV deals, Gerhard Aigner, UEFA CEO, said: “Considering the current state of the sports rights market, this strong demand from broadcasters illustrates the continuing strength of the UEFA Champions League as the premium club football competition in the world.”