Serie A secures UK coverage with BT Sport deal
Italy’s Serie A will be covered on BT Sport in the UK, following a deal between the league and the subscription-broadcaster.
The three-season contract will see BT Sport conduct live broadcasts of all Italian top-flight matches until 2024, beginning on 21 August.
Every match will be broadcast on the opening round of fixtures, whilst at least five live games shown each round, amounting to a total of over 200 live games across the 2021/22 season alone.
Rachel Knight, Sports Rights Director at BT Sport, remarked: “We want to provide our customers with the best sport from across the world and the addition of Serie A means viewers will get to follow some of the biggest stars, managers and clubs in world football.
“European football has always been an important part of our line-up, with Serie A now joining our exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, alongside France’s Ligue 1.”
In addition, a weekly Serie A show evaluating the key storylines from each weekend will also be incorporated into BT’s overall coverage of the tournament, hosted by Italian football expert James Richardson.
The announcement follows the Italian national team’s success in the UEFA 2020 European Championship final against England, whilst last season’s Serie A showcased a yearlong battle between cross-city rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Furthermore, international audiences will likely keenly follow Jose Mourinho’s return to the Italian top-flight with AS Roma, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus work to retain their status as a continental force, having finished in the top-four by just one point last season.
The agreement builds on BT Sport’s extensive portfolio of live football coverage, having recently renewed its media rights deal with the Premier League, alongside Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport.