Mediaset España, the Spanish arm of the Italy-based broadcasting group, will provide free-to-air (FTA) coverage of European soccer’s second-tier UEFA Europa League club competition for the remainder of the 2022-23 season and throughout the 2023-24 campaign as part of a sublicensing deal with Movistar Plus, the pay-TV broadcaster of Spanish telecoms firm Telefónica.

Under the deal, Mediaset España will show six matches during the latter stages of this season’s competition and 14 fixtures during next season's edition across its Cuatro FTA channel and streaming service.

The broadcaster's coverage will start with tonight’s (March 9) match between Italy’s AS Roma and Spain’s Real Sociedad. Real Sociedad are one of three LaLiga teams that remain in contention for the title, along with Real Betis, and Sevilla.

This year’s Europa League final is set to take place at Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, on May 31.

The new set of rights adds to Mediaset’s portfolio, which includes soccer’s FIFA Club World Cup competition and France’s top-tier Ligue 1, as well as the Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 motor race, and the EuroBasket national teams tournament.

Along with the Europa League, Telefonica’s Movistar Plus holds the rights in Spain to UEFA’s other men’s club competitions, including the top-tier Champions League and third-tier Europa Conference League in deals running through the 2023-24 season.

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FTA coverage of the Europa League during the previous 2018-21 cycle was provided by Gol, the channel owned by Spanish media giant Mediapro, in a similar sublicensing deal with Movistar Plus.

Movistar’s live coverage of last year’s Europa League final between Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt and Scotland’s Rangers drew 399,000 viewers on its Liga de Campeones pay-TV channel during the 90 minutes of regular time. The figure rose to an average of 412,000 viewers during extra time.

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