Here is a selection of Sportradar’s Audiovisual media rights across soccer, basketball, tennis, motorsport, ice hockey, badminton and darts rights that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats over the coming weeks.
Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) final: April 23
One of Spanish soccer’s biggest prizes is up for grabs, with Real Betis taking on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, where the presence of fans for the showpiece occasion for the first time in three seasons will create a cracking atmosphere. Betis is searching for its third title, and a first since 2005, while Valencia is bidding to emerge victorious for the second time in four seasons – and the ninth time overall.
Taça de Portugal (Portuguese Cup): April 20/21 and May 22
Portuguese soccer’s No.1 knockout tournament is set for an intriguing conclusion, culminating with the final on May 22. The second leg of a tight semi-final between heavyweights Porto and Sporting will take place on April 21, the day after Tondela will hope to secure a place in the final for the first time by defending a first-leg advantage over giant-killing Mafra.
Austrian Bundesliga: Play-Offs until May 21
The top tier of Austrian soccer has been split in two for the final weeks of the campaign, and now the race is on to see which teams will triumph or suffer heartbreak in the Championship and Relegation Play-Offs, with the bulk of the fixtures taking place on weekend afternoons, Central European Time (CET).
K League 1 in South Korea: Regular Season until September followed by Championship and Relegation
There have been plenty of surprises so far in South Korea’s top division, which began in February. Last season’s runners-up, Ulsan, are setting the pace at the top of the standings, but Incheon and Pohang Steelers – who both narrowly avoided last year’s relegation play-offs – are hot on their heels, while defending champions Jeonbuk are trailing in fourth.
National Basketball League in Australia and New Zealand: Regular Season until April 24, followed by Play-Offs
Several teams are battling to secure their places in the all-important top four of the Regular Season ahead of the Finals. With morning games in CET during the week and on Saturdays, and multiple contests aired in the early hours of Sunday mornings in Europe – as well as pre-game magazine shows, player profiles and wrap-ups – there is plenty to keep basketball fans entertained across different time zones.
Chinese Basketball League: Play-Offs underway
After one of the tightest league ladders in years in China, the Play-Offs began on April 1, with the main contenders gradually being whittled down to compete in best-of-five semi finals and the best-of-seven final match-up. Morning and early-afternoon CET tip-offs are typically scheduled.
Betclic Élite in France: Ongoing until June
The battle for the Play-Offs is hotting up in France’s top league, which has forged a solid reputation as one of the sport’s most competitive worldwide over the past century. With several rounds of the Regular Season to play before the Play-Offs and then the Finals in June, most of the league’s 18 teams remain in the hunt for a top-eight spot – while nearly half could yet suffer relegation. Live coverage is available on Monday, Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday afternoons CET.
easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga in Germany: Ongoing until June
One of Europe’s most popular leagues is gearing up for a thrilling finish, with Telekom Baskets Bonn attempting to finish at the top of the Regular-Season ladder for the first time, ahead of two of last season’s leading challengers, Bayern Munich and Riesen Ludwigsburg. The top eight will enter the Play-Offs, which will take place in May and comprise between 22 and 37 games, with the contests taking place on Monday and Saturday evenings CET, as well as throughout Sunday afternoons.
Betsafe LKL in Lithuania: Ongoing until June
For the first time in more than a decade, Žalgiris’ stranglehold on the Lithuanian Basketball League appears to be in serious doubt, as Rytas tops the table with several rounds of the Regular Season remaining. With the Play-offs set to follow in May and June, a league that has produced the stars of one of the sport’s best national teams promises plenty more thrills, spills and baskets over the coming weeks, with tip-off times typically in late afternoons CET.
Weissenhof Tournament in Germany: June 6-12
The Weissenhof Tournament in Stuttgart brings the lush green tennis courts back to screens worldwide every year herald the start of the European grass-court season. Live coverage begins at 11:00 CET for the weekday matches, before the semi-finals and final take place early on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon respectively. Croatian Marin Čilić won last year’s title, with superstars like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berretini having lifted the trophy in recent years.
National League in Switzerland: Play-Offs underway
It is crunch time in the Swiss National League, the country’s popular top-tier ice hockey competition, with the best-of-seven Play-Off semi-finals taking place in April ahead of the final match-up. Defending champions EV Zug are taking on HC Davos in one semi-final, while the other last-four clash features Fribourg-Gottéron against ZSC Lions, with the games starting at 20:00 CET.
European Men’s and Women’s Championships (April 28-30)
One of the sport’s flagship events will take place in Madrid after the Spanish capital stepped in at short notice to replace the Finnish city of Vantaa, which pulled out due to Covid-19 concerns. Denmark dominates in the men’s seeds, with top-ranked Viktor Axelsen seeking his third European gold, while in the women’s competition, Spain’s Carolina Marin, Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt and Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour are among the contenders.
World Series of Darts: Starting June 3-4
New York will welcome back the sport’s best players for the opening event on the World Series of Darts global schedule, with four knockout rounds before the 21-leg final. The event will feature eight of the game’s biggest stars against eight local talents.
European Darts Tour: Ongoing until October
Following the fourth stop on this year’s tour in Munich, Germany (April 16-18), there are no fewer than five European events scheduled in May – the busiest month on a calendar that will run until October.
|Soccer||Copa del Rey final||Spain||April 23|
|Soccer||Taça de Portugal||Portugal||April 20/21 and May 22|
|Soccer||Austrian Bundesliga||Austria||Play-Offs until May 21|
|Soccer||K League 1||South Korea||Regular Season until September|
|Basketball||National Basketball League||Australia/New Zealand||Regular Season until April 24, followed by Finals|
|Basketball||Chinese Basketball League||China||Play-Offs underway|
|Basketball||Betclic Élite||France||Play-Offs underway|
|Basketball||easyCredit Basketball Bundesliga||Germany||Ongoing until June|
|Basketball||Betsafe LKL||Lithuania||Ongoing until June|
|Tennis||Weissenhof Tournament||Germany||June 6-12|
|Ice hockey||National League||Switzerland||Play-Offs underway|
|Badminton||European Men’s and Women’s Championships||Spain||April 28-30|
|Darts||World Series of Darts||USA||June 3-4|
|Darts||European Darts Tour||Various||Ongoing until October|