BBC nets UK Copa Libertadores final rights
UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired rights to the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club soccer tournament, due to be held on 23rd November.
The fixture, which will bring to a close the tournament’s 60th campaign, will be aired live free-to-air (FTA) via the broadcaster’s BBC Two channel, and also live streamed via its iPlayer over-the-top (OTT) service.
Elsewhere, pay-TV operator Canal+ has also announced that it has acquired French rights to the final.
Reigning champions River Plate, who defeated Argentinian rivals Boca Juniors in last year’s final, take on Brazilian outfit Flamingo at this year’s showpiece, which will be played over one leg rather than two for the first time in the tournament’s history.
Last year’s final was broadcast in the UK by pay-TV operator BT Sport, as well as FreeSports, the sister channel of pay-TV network Premier Sports.
Conmebol, the governing body for soccer in South America, announced earlier in November that it had decided to move the final from Santiago to the 80,000-seater Estadio Monumental in the Peruvian capital of Lima, due to civil unrest in the Chilean capital.
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