Euro 2020 Games on Thai TV After Last-Minute Rights Deal

A last-minute decision gives local fans the chance to watch all Euro 2020 matches live, which started with the first match between Turkey and Italy in the early hours of Saturday.

On Friday, Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Makasai said that the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had approved state-run broadcaster NBT2HD to broadcast the matches, meaning that live programming would be available throughout the tournament scheduled to end on July 11.

According to Mr. Anucha, businessman and tycoon Komol Jungrungreangkit bought the tournament rights for Thailand, allowing NBT to carry all of the Euro 2020 matches.

Mr. Komol, the chairman of the Pinehurst Golf Club in Pathum Thani and an elder brother of Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit, reportedly paid close to 300 million baht for the tournament rights to the Kingdom.

He also owns Summit Footwear, which produces the Aerosoft brand and is the largest shareholder in Better World Green Plc, a SET-listed industrial waste management company.

The Euro 2020 tournament had been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but was rescheduled to start on Saturday at 2:00 am (Thailand time) at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

This year’s tournament is being played all across the continent for the first time, and takes in 11 cities in total, with cities including Seville and Baku to host matches.

However, all games will be played in front of a limited audience and under strict COVID-19 measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

The final will take place at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium on Sunday July 11, kicking off at 21:00 pm local time – which is 2:00 am on Monday July 12 in Thailand.