February 28 – CONCACAF, who on Monday announced an expansion of their blue riband Gold Cup national team tournament, have followed up with the unveiling of a multi-platform digital media rights deal with Verizon for all its competitions.
Verizon will have exclusive English language rights to tournaments including the CONCACAF Champions League and Nations League in the US, as well select tournaments in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Verizon has been expanding its sports content on its digital platforms that include Yahoo Sports, go90 and Complex. Soccer content includes beIN SPORTS, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), Univision’s Liga MX, Eleven Sports’ Jupiler Pro League and a variety of Leagues within GOL TV.
“As the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League continues to gain attention as the region’s most important club tournament, this partnership with Verizon offers a great opportunity for fans who will now be able to follow their favorite teams live as they fight for the Confederation crown,” said CONCACAF Chief Commercialisation Officer Jurgen Mainka.
Exact detail of the length of the deal with Verizon or the financial terms were not released, though Verizon will now have a significant base of CONCACAF events for the OTT broadcast football content in the important US market.
Verizon has recently increased its presence in the US sports market with recent deals with the NFL and the NBA.
“Our partnership with CONCACAF is yet another example of how we’re fueling our platforms to become the first screen for live sports. This deal is especially exciting as fans look to us for unique content and experiences in soccer,” said Brian Angiolet, SVP, Global Content & Media at Verizon.
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