ESPN has reached a broad multimedia rights agreement with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the UEFA European Football Championship™ in both 2012 and 2016, it was announced today. ESPN Deportes will be the exclusive Spanish-language television network in the United States for both championships, which will feature the top European national teams competing in one of the world’s most prestigious championships.
The agreement allows ESPN to provide extensive and exclusive live coverage of the UEFA EURO 2012 and 2016 across a variety of ESPN multimedia platforms, including ESPN Deportes, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN Authenticated Services, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN.com, ESPNSoccernet.com, and ESPNDeportes.com. In addition, in-progress and post-match highlights can be featured across key ESPN outlets.
The agreement extends ESPN’s relationship with UEFA, the governing body for association football in Europe, having served as the U.S. television and digital home of the UEFA EURO 2008.
UEFA EURO 2012, Friday, June 8 – Sunday, July 1, in Poland and Ukraine, will include a total of 31 matches featuring the top-16 European national teams. Four years later, the field will expand to 24 teams and 51 matches for UEFA EURO 2016 in France.