Champions League Talk has received a rumor that DirecTV has acquired the TV rights to the debut season of the UEFA Europa League on US television.

The semi-finals of the 2009 Europa League, previously known as the UEFA Cup, as well as the quarter-finals and final will be shown on DirecTV. An inside source has revealed that both GolTV and Setanta Sports are working on picking up the TV rights for some of the games in the earlier rounds of the tournament.

During the 2008-2009 season, Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports shared the TV rights to the tournament.

If DirecTV has acquired the TV rights to the UEFA Europa League, the games will presumably be available via pay-per-view on the satellite network.