United Media, the southeast Europe-based media company, has retained exclusive rights to UEFA club competitions in Slovenia for the 2024-27 cycle.

Matches from European soccer’s elite UEFA Champions League, secondary Europa League, and third-tier Europa Conference League will continue to be shown on United Media’s Sport Klub pay-TV channel in the territory.

The three-year deal, agreed with UEFA’s agency partner Team Marketing, begins in the 2024-25 season and runs through 2026-27.

The new contract also includes co-exclusive rights to broadcast Champions League finals and the UEFA Super Cup match between the Champions League and Europa League winners. The UEFA Youth League is also part of the new deal.

United Media has held rights to UEFA's various club competitions in Slovenia since 2012.

A new Champions League format will begin from the 2024-25 campaign with an increased number of guaranteed matches for broadcasters. The format will feature a league table model with an expansion from 32 teams to 36.

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Nemanja Simeunović, chief executive of Sport Klub, said: “I am thrilled that we have secured the rights to continue broadcasting those impressive football competitions until 2027. This is a significant achievement for us and cements Sport Klub’s position as the most prestigious sports channel in Slovenia.

“Our unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality sports content to our viewers is reflected in this agreement, and we believe that it will enhance the viewing experience for our audience even further.

“With our coverage of major domestic and international events, we aim to provide a sport viewing experience like no other.”

In recent cycles, UEFA has carved Slovenia out of the tender process covering the Balkan region. In the current 2021-24 cycle, United Media shares rights in the country with media company Pro Plus and telecommunications firm Telekom Serbia.

Pro Plus shows Champions League matches on its Kanal A commercial network.

Telekom Serbia presently holds UEFA club competition rights in its home market, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Montenegro, and has already agreed a new deal for the next three-year cycle in those territories.

Champions League matches will also be shown in Croatia by HRT.

Sport Klub’s sports portfolio includes Slovenia’s top-flight Prva liga Telemach, motor racing’s Formula 1, FIBA, EuroLeague, and Eurocup basketball, and tennis’ ATP and WTA tournaments, Davis Cup, and Wimbledon grand slam.

Earlier this week, pay-television operator Sky Italia and commercial broadcaster Nine Network retained exclusive rights to the UEFA club competitions for the next three seasons in Italy and Australia, respectively.

Meanwhile, UEFA has opened the sales process in Spain with a tender launched in the market on Tuesday (May 9).

Broadcasters have been given a deadline until June 13 at 10AM (CET) to submit bids for the 2024-25, 2025-26, and 2026-27 seasons.

All inquiries as to this process should be directed to Team Marketing by emailing info@team.ch.

In the present cycle, telecoms firm Telefonica holds exclusive Champions League rights in Spain, while it shares coverage of the Europa League and Conference League with Mediaset España, the Spanish arm of the Italy-based broadcasting group.

Team serves as UEFA’s exclusive media rights agency for club competitions in all markets excluding the US.