Wednesday 28 September 2016

RTE to share Euros coverage with TV3

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

'RTÉ will retain first choice on matches in the knock-out stages and will broadcast a highlights programme on each night of the tournament' Photo: AFP/Getty
'RTÉ will retain first choice on matches in the knock-out stages and will broadcast a highlights programme on each night of the tournament' Photo: AFP/Getty

Euro 2016 will be available on both RTE and TV3 after the national broadcaster reached an agreement to sub-let 22 of the 51 games.

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The agreements means that RTE will screen 30 games - including all three of Ireland's group matches - while TV3 will have exclusive rights to 21 games, with both stations sharing the rights for the final.

RTÉ will retain first choice on matches in the knock-out stages and will broadcast a highlights programme on each night of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the FAI have confirmed the breakdown of prize-money for the new Airtricity League season, with the increased funds benefiting teams in the bottom half of the table.

A tie-up with Austrian company Trackchamp which will see games streamed around the world for the purpose of gambling is responsible for the rise of the total pot from €315,500 to €475,500

The league winners will receive €110,000, an increase of just €10,000 from last year's total, with second place collecting €55,000 instead of €45,000.

But with clubs at the top end benefiting from huge European funds that dwarf local prizes, the extra cash has gone towards sides at the other end of the table.

In 2015, the team that finished bottom in the Premier Division received just €5,500. This time around, they will receive €17,000.

Indeed, the sides that fill the last four places will all receive €11,500 more than the reward for the corresponding spot in 2015, with fifth to eighth place finishers getting an additional €11,000.

Northern Ireland star Chris Brunt has been ruled out of the Euros with a serious knee injury.

The 31-year-old was carried off on Saturday after landing awkwardly in West Brom's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. Scans showed he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and he underwent surgery to repair the damage yesterday. He will be out for six months.

Irish Independent

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