Univision Acquires Spanish Rights to UEFA 2018-2022 National Team Competition
What: Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), has acquired from UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) the U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to all UEFA national team competitions from 2018 to 2022.
Why it matters: The deal is a landmark for both UEFA and Univision Deportes marking the most extensive access to UEFA competitions on broadcast television in Spanish in the United States.
Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) that also includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network, has announced that it has acquired from UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language broadcast rights to all UEFA national team competitions from 2018 to 2022. This first-of-its-kind centralized deal will make Univision Deportes the Spanish-language home of European national team soccer in the U.S.
The rights include the UEFA EURO 2020™, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Nations League Final Four and the European Qualifiers to the UEFA EURO 2020™ as well as the European Qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Univision Deportes will be airing the matches across the portfolio of networks including UDN, Univision Network, UniMás, Galavision and will be streaming the properties via the Univision Deportes app.
Under the new rights deal, Univision Deportes will air multiple live matches on every match-day, daily match highlights on existing Univision Deportes programming and at least one match per kick-off slot for the UEFA Nations League, UEFA Nations League Final Four, the European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2020™ and the European Qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. For the UEFA EURO 2020™, the rights deal includes airing of all matches live and daily match highlights on existing Univision Deportes programming. Univision Deportes will also have exclusive rights to live streaming and digital content.
“This new rights deal with UEFA is a part of our continued commitment to delivering the most comprehensive soccer coverage in the U.S.,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes. “Univision Deportes is the home of soccer 365-days per year and this partnership with UEFA is part of our strategy to grow our portfolio and acquire the rights to the teams and leagues that our soccer fans care about most. With this new agreement, Univision Deportes will continue to have the best soccer in the Americas and now the best soccer in Europe.”