German football association Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) has allocated the two remaining rights packages in the tender for the national Bundesliga rights across the four seasons between 2017/18 and 2020/21.
Media company Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland secured the summary of all first and second division Bundesliga matches taking place from Friday to Monday to be aired on free-to-air TV Mondays between 22.15 and midnight CET.
The highlights programme will be broadcast by men’s channel RTL Nitro. The move marks RTL acquiring Bundesliga rights again for the first time since 1992.
Pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland purchased the rights for highlight coverage of the second division matches on free-to-air TV on Fridays between 22.30 and midnight CET and on Sundays between 19.30 and 21.15 CET.
The coverage will be broadcast by sports news channel Sky Sport News HD which will be turned into a free-to-air service in December 2016.
The two rights packages were not allocated in the original auction as the bids didn’t meet DFL’s expectations. The amounts RTL and Sky will pay are not known.