March 26 – CBS Sports is on a football rights buying spree, having now added the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers to the Serie A rights announced earlier this week.
The qualifiers, that began Wednesday, are airing on streaming service Paramount+ but will likely move to the main broadcast channel once the US and Mexico enter the qualifying fray at the final six stage (called the hexagonal playoffs).
The deal gives exclusive English-language rights in the US and includes the six away matches for both the United States and Mexico national teams. Up to 79 matches will stream live on Paramount+ and on linear platforms.
“We’re excited to make Paramount+ the home of Concacaf men’s World Cup qualifiers and look forward to bringing these intense and competitive national team competitions to fans, With the addition of these qualifiers, Paramount+ will be the destination for a diverse and passionate fanbase eager to cheer for their national teams on the road to the Fifa World Cup,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Sports Digital.
The Concacaf rights add to Paramount+ football coverage which will deliver more than 400 Serie A matches live each season through to the end of the 2024 season, including all 380 Serie A matches, and at least 25 Coppa Italia matches. CBS Sports also has a multi-platform agreement for Paramount+ to serve as the exclusive English-language home for Argentina’s Liga Profesional de Fútbol, Copa de la Liga Profesional, and, beginning in 2022, the Supercopa Argentina.
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