ZDF gets German TV rights to Champions League

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 3:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 5 at 3:06 AM

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA is changing its free-to-air broadcast partner for Champions League matches in Germany, awarding 2012-15 rights to public channel ZDF.

UEFA says ZDF will replace the Sat1 channel for showing one live match each week, plus the final, over the three-year contract.

The value of the deal, which includes internet and mobile phone rights, was not disclosed.

Sat1's current three-season Champions League deal expires next year.

UEFA says Sky Germany has extended its existing pay-TV rights through 2015, and also has bought Europa League rights for 2012-15.

UEFA is still seeking a free-to-air partner in Germany for the second-tier Europa League competition.

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