The Champions League could be coming back to terrestrial television. Channel 4 is reportedly in talks with BT about subletting match rights from next year.
BT currently holds the exclusive UK live rights to all UEFA matches, including the Champions League and Europa League. The bidding for the tournaments' rights from 2018-2021 are ongoing, and are due to end on 1st March.
If BT retains the rights, it could licence one game per match week to Channel 4, to be shown on free-to-air TV.
This would be the first time the Champions League has been broadcast on terrestrial TV since ITV lost the rights to BT.
Of course, this relies on BT winning the rights, and there's no guarantee that will happen. It paid a whopping £897 million to UEFA for live rights for the last three years, outbidding rivals ITV and Sky. We'll soon see if its pockets are still as deep as then.
Source: The Telegraph