RTE Retains Rights To Future Ireland Qualifiers And Tournaments – Pundit Arena

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RTÉ have won the rights to broadcast Republic of Ireland football qualifiers up as far as the World Cup 2022, as well as the rights to the following tournaments.
The Irish public broadcaster made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon, staving off any potential interest in the rights from rivals such as TV3 and Sky Sports.

In a statement, RTÉ Head of Sport Ryle Nugent said that it was important for RTÉ to secure the continued right to show Ireland’s paths to these finals, especially given the nature of competition in the Irish market from subscription services:

“Today’s announcements ensure that all Republic of Ireland European Qualifiers, both home and away, for the FIFA World Cup 2018, the UEFA Euro 2020 Finals and the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be available, free to air, for Irish audiences on RTÉ.
“In addition, the three Finals tournaments themselves, which always provide some of the biggest and most iconic moments in sport, will be available to the Irish public. At a time of significant and increased competition in the market place to secure these rights on all platforms is a very positive step.”

Having lost high profile events such as the Rugby World Cup, Six Nations and Olympic games in recent years, keeping the World Cup and European Championships in their portfolio was pivotal for RTÉ. Indeed, having lost the exclusive rights to Sky and TV3 once almost ten years ago, to lose them again would have been hugely damaging, not just for the sports department but for the organisation as a whole.
That, however, has been avoided and the Boys in Green will remain on RTÉ for the foreseeable future.
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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we catch up with Sligo Rovers striker Vinny Faherty after that brilliant win at Cork City last weekend, as well as looking back at last weekend’s Premier Divison matches and ahead to this weekend’s FAI Cup action.

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