RTÉ and TV3 swap Champions League nights in major shake-up

RTÉ and TV3 swap Champions League nights in major shake-up

Even though the shows will begin with Atlético Madrid taking on Olympique Marseille, the big attraction will be the Liverpool v Real Madrid Champions League showdown on 26 April.

Tomos Grace, YouTube's Head of Sport in EMEA said: "Football is by far the most popular sport on YouTube and it doesn't get more premium than the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League finals". It is unclear how Virgin will deliver this volume of matches - whether it will be broadcast on TV3, a subsidiary channel, or via an online streaming service.

The new deal will see the Ballymount-based broadcaster share the rights to 16 Tuesday night Champions League matches with RTÉ; with the latter having first choice of game broadcast.

Pat Kiely, managing director of TV3, did not mention any details of the broadcast arrangements in...

Premier League Golden Boot victor Mo Salah will be looking to prove he belongs on the big stage alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, who is within touching distance of a fifth career Champions League final win that would take him above Lionel Messi's four trophies with Barcelona. The TV3 group - which includes TV3, 3e and Be3 - will have exclusive rights to 327 European matches.

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TVÉ previously held the rights to the Tuesday night matches and TV3 held the rights to Wednesday games.

"Our award winning sports broadcasting team look forward to bringing the biggest clubs and the best players to our viewers and customers in new and exciting ways over the coming European football seasons".

Former Chelsea goalkeeper has backed Liverpool to win the Champions League against Real Madrid when they clash this month in Kiev.

Both matches will be available to watch for free on the official BT Sport YouTube channel in 4K Ultra HD, the BT Sport App and the BT Sport website.

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