Report: Polsat acquires national team rights

13 Dec 2013

According to Polish press reports, Polsat TV has acquired the rights to Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 qualifying games in the country, plus rights to the Euro 2016 finals tournament.

If confirmed, the deal, reportedly valued at some €35 million in total, marks a significant change in Polish soccer coverage. Public broadcaster TVP, which has already secured the rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals, will no longer broadcast Poland qualifying games.

Polsat is set to broadcast national team qualifiers live on a free-to-air basis, although reports suggest it will broadcast the majority of other qualifying games included in the rights package behind its paywall.

Poland is the latest European territory in which CAA Eleven, which is selling Uefa’s national team rights packages for the first time, has closed a deal, ahead of the start of Euro 2016 qualifiers in September next year.

Although it failed to qualify for next summer’s Fifa World Cup, Poland is one of the teams which might benefit from Uefa’s decision to expand the number of finalists at the European Championships from 16 to 24 in time for Euro 2016.