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CBS to officially obtain Champions League broadcasting rights for 2019/2020, 2020/2021

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The Chaaaaaaaaaampioooooooonssss League will now be switching to CBS.

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An official announcement is expected to be made that reveals CBS acquiring the television broadcasting rights for the remainder of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League season as well as the 2020/2020 season. This will also be the case for the Europa League, per WorldSoccerTalk.com.

Their coverage will start with the Champions League and Europa League draw at the end of this week based in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw will be accessible via CBS All Access and CBS CBS Sports HQ. Technically, CBS already had these broadcasting rights through the 2023/2024 season, but with Turner Sports recently dropping their rights just last week, CBS now has to chance to get the rights for longer than four complete seasons of play.

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All of the remaining fixtures will be streamed through CBS All Access and it’s unclear at this point whether or not said matches will be broadcast on air through CBS’s main cable channels in the U.S.

Per UEFA’s guidelines, the remainder of the Champions League matches will be played in Lisbon, Portugal while the Europa League will finish with a mini tournament in Western Germany. Matches resume on August 5th and the finals for the Champions League and Europa League will take place on August 23rd and 21st, respectively.

When the official announcement is made, it’s anticipated that CBS will be revealing more specific details regarding the logistics of their coverage of the competitions. WorldSoccerTalk suggest that sources have told them the broadcasts will have a production base in CBS’s Sports Network studios in New York City, but that would likely be validated in CBS’s official announcement if it’s true.

It’s worth remembering that CBS All Access also just acquired the rights for the NWSL broadcasting ahead of the Challenge Cup through the streaming service, so their revenue will likely be bolstered by the addition(s) of both the Champions and Europa League.

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