Ziggo, the Dutch pay-television operator, has secured broadcast rights in the Netherlands to the Turkish Super Lig top-tier soccer competition for the next two years.
Through a deal announced yesterday (August 15), the network has secured both TV and digital rights to the 19-team Super Lig from now until the end of the 2023-24 campaign, becoming the first Dutch broadcaster to showcase action from the league.
Ziggo will cover either one or two matches per gameweek for both its regular customers and subscribers to the Ziggo Sport Totaal package.
It says the offer will “regularly include matches from Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, and Besiktas”, the three traditional Turkish soccer heavyweights.
Marcel Beerthuizen, director of Ziggo Sport, said: “Soccer is the most popular sport in Turkey, just like in the Netherlands. We are delighted that the Turkish football competition can now be seen live on Dutch television. It is a nice addition to our already extensive range of national and international sports competitions.”
Dutch players currently contracted to Super Lig clubs include Ryan Babel and Patrick van Aanholt at Galatasaray, Leroy Fer at Alanyaspor, and Jeffrey Bruma at Kasimpasa.
The Turkish Super Lig joins a host of other European soccer tournaments to be live on Ziggo, including Spain’s LaLiga, France’s Ligue 1, Serie A from Italy, and the FA Cup knockout competition from England.
The renewal with LaLiga was the most recent, having come in late June and running through until 2029.
Domestic rights to the Super Lig, meanwhile, are held by international sports broadcaster BeIN and that network's Turkish outlet Digiturk. They secured the rights to the next cycle in June, after a chaotic tender process.