Two months before the planned start of the new Champions League season in handball, there is still no German TV station to broadcast the games. No German TV station or streaming service has been determined for the European League either.
Negotiations with potential interested parties for the German market are ongoing, as a spokesman for the European Handball Federation (EHF) said when asked by the German Press Agency. “We are confident that these will also be successfully completed at the start of the new season.”
The first games are scheduled for September 16 and 17. The German champions THW Kiel and SG Flensburg-Handewitt take part in the premier class.
If no new TV station is found, German handball fans can follow the games on the Internet. “If, contrary to expectations, there is no TV partner in Germany, the risk of a” blackout “does not exist, since the games would then be freely available via our newly established OTT platform, EHFTV,” said the spokesman.
The contract with the pay TV channel Sky was only valid for the past season in the premier class. The search for a new TV partner is probably also delayed due to the corona crisis. “Of course, the pandemic has had a certain impact and may have delayed some market decisions,” said the EHF spokesman. “However, it is currently not possible to say whether there will be a loss of income because the negotiations are still ongoing.”
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