The Champions League draw for the 2020/21 season takes place this week, with the quartet of Premier League representatives set to learn their fate. UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky is planning to challenge its rival BT Sport for rights to the Uefa Champions League, European soccer’s elite club competition, according to Bloomberg. In the wings lurks Amazon, which last year broke Sky and BT’s stranglehold on Premier League rights with a groundbreaking deal to livestream exclusive coverage of 20 matches a season. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. It was a move that ended years of hostilities between the two companies, with analysts arguing that the incentive to secure exclusive sports rights had diminished. With BT in the midst of a £1.5bn cost-cutting drive that includes the loss of 13,000 jobs – and facing a potential dividend cut to help fund the billions the company will need to spend rolling out next-generation broadband across the UK – investors are in no mood to approve a bigger cheque for football rights. Your sport. Edinson Cavani will not make his Manchester United debut in their next Premier League game at Newcastle but will be available to face former side PSG. In last year’s Premier League auction, Sky shaved £200m a year off its previous deal, or 16% a game. Presently, free-to-air means a TV channel which is free and covers 98% of the population. BT’s call centres, he said, had seen an “astounding” amount of traffic from fans seeking to sign up as Liverpool and Tottenham prepared to play the first all-English final since 2008. Monday’s Champions League rights auction will be a test of whether the old sparring partners are ready to fight again. For ITV, it would be a huge commitment to submit a competitive bid, particularly since it has already redirected £65m in spending until the end of next year to make a success of its new streaming service, BritBox, which launched last week. Liverpool 2 3 20:00 Atletico Madrid AET. Rumours have circulated that the competition’s governing body, Uefa, is keen to have such a broadcaster back on board, possibly by restructuring the auction to make it viable for the lesser-resourced free-to-air players. Sky Sports looks to rival BT for Champions League rights, Bids are set to be submitted today for the next set of, SPFL launches Championship streaming platform with StreamAMG, England Rugby extends Gilbert partnership, Motorsport Network boosts ticketing operations with Travel Destinations acquisition, Yakubu Ayegbeni: The importance of finding the right brand to promote, Cardiff City selects 888sport as a global betting partner, Report: FIFA World Cup ranked as most marketable sporting property, Bundesliga International strikes free-to-air LatAm broadcast partnership with OneFootball, Dugout expands US reach with beIN Sports North America partnership, Premier League agrees Chinese broadcast partnership with Tencent Sports, LiveScore: Additional rights and on demand content part of streaming service…, FIFA to highlight steps to protect the integrity of football at…, Malta Gaming Authority toughens up integrity rules for sportsbooks, French Open doubles match the latest tennis event under the microscope, Spanish player sanctioned by TIU following courtsiding conviction, FIFA issues lifetime ban and fine to Trovato Villalba, 2024 UCL final reportedly heading to US shores, LiveWire Sport’s Pranav Soneji: Diversifying the sports industry to represent fans, Premier League strikes broadcaster agreement to air every September fixture, Premier League seeks to air behind-closed-door games with 3pm blackout suspended, Pakistan cricketer Akmal given three year ban for breaching anti-corruption code, Mercedes collaboration develops new COVID-19 breathing aid, Exclusive Interview: How FIFA tackles integrity on a global scale.

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