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Arsenal to feature in new European version of Match of the Day – and Tottenham could join them

The BBC have secured a three-year deal to show Champions League highlights for free in a major broadcast change – with the new-look competition set to be expanded from 2024-25

BBC is set to undergo a significant broadcast change with the introduction of a new midweek Match of the Day-style show starting next season, meaning Arsenal’s Champions League exploits will be available to see on terrestrial television – and Tottenham could still join them.

This comes as fans will be able to enjoy free midweek highlights of the newly-expanded Champions League on the BBC for the next three seasons.

The top European football competition will see an increase from 32 to 36 clubs from the 2024-25 season, resulting in a rise from 125 games to 189.

The broadcaster has expressed their excitement over their three-year deal with UEFA for a Match of the Day-style show. Amazon Prime Video is also set to feature 17 Tuesday night matches while TNT Sports, although losing exclusive rights, will still broadcast the remaining 533 of the 550 live games. They’ll also maintain their exclusivity for the Europa League and Europa Conference League.

It marks the first time since 2018 that Champions League rights haven’t been exclusively held by TNT Sports, and the first time in close to a decade that highlights will be available free to air

Arsenal are already guaranteed their place in the continent’s premier competition next term and rivals Tottenham could still join them, though their hopes were dented by the confirmation on Wednesday night that the Premier League would not be granted a fifth Champions League place. Germany and Italy will instead be handed extra places

Barbara Slater, the BBC’s Director of Sport, said: “We are simply thrilled to have won these rights. Our reach and ability to bring people together is unrivalled

“We couldn’t be more delighted that UEFA has recognised the value in our ability to bring the Champions League to the widest possible audience across the UK. This package of highlights and digital content will allow football fans to follow the Champions League, wherever and however they like.

“The Champions League is a wonderful addition to our portfolio of football output on the BBC and we can’t wait to get started in 2024.”

The overall broadcasting deal for 2024-27 with UEFA is expected to generate around £1.45 billion, marking a substantial 20% increase on the current £1.2 billion arrangement

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