January 28 – FOX Sports in the US have swept up a premium package of broadcast rights from Concacaf including the Women’s Olympic Qualifiers that kick off tonight with Costa Rica vs Panama and the US vs Haiti.
The three-year deal for English-language rights in the US includes the 2020 Men’s Olympic Qualifiers that will be played this March, Gold Cups in 2021 and 2023, and the 2020, 2021, 2022 editions of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
The deal with Fox for the Gold Cup continues a partnership that began in 2013. The 2019 Gold Cup final between Mexico and USA was FS1’s most watched non-World Cup game in the network’s history.
“FOX Sports is an excellent partner for Concacaf and we are extremely pleased they have invested in our rights across so many competitions, beginning with what should be an exciting Women’s Olympic Qualifiers,” said Concacaf President, Victor Montagliani. “They have an outstanding track record of delivering high-quality soccer coverage that reaches big audiences making this great news for fans, international teams across the region and clubs competing in our Champions League.”
The addition of the Champions League to the Fox package locks out the confederations top tier competitions involving the US teams with only the men’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers still to be sold. No value was given for the acquisition.
“FOX Sports is excited to further its commitment to the sport of soccer through this new agreement with Concacaf,” said Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, National Networks.
“The U.S. Women’s National Team captivated a country with its World Cup victory last summer, and we’re honoured to showcase this inspirational team once again as they begin their Olympic journey this week. Furthermore, we look forward to offering more men’s soccer, including the next two editions of the Gold Cup and the U.S. Men’s National Team Olympic Qualifiers.”
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