What: The agreement secures the exclusive broadcasting rights of Concacaf’s club matches.
Why it Matters: Because it is a five-year deal to broadcast club competition matches, including the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League for Latin America. The Concacaf club competitions platform will include 31 Confederation clubs, beginning with the 2017-2018 season. Sixteen clubs from countries across the region, including Canada, Mexico, the United States, Central America and the Caribbean will compete in the Concacaf Champions League, which will run from February to May each year starting in 2018.
Fox Sports Latin America and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF) renewed broadcast rights for five more years for Concacaf’s new club competitions platform, including the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League for Latin America.
“The extension of our relationship with FOX Sports Latin America is clear evidence that the most important official club championship in the region continues to grow in popularity and prestige,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.
“This renewal allows us to continue offering our fans throughout Latin America the best official Concacaf club championship for five more years,” said Carlos Martinez, President of Fox Networks Group Latin America. “It reinforces our commitment to keep working every day in order to continue being the number one sports channel in Latin America, bringing the best international events and competitions.”
Fox Sports Latin America has the exclusive broadcast rights across all platforms for Mexico and South America, as well as the exclusive Pay TV and digital platform rights for Central America for two CONCACAF club tournaments.
“We thank FOX Sports Latin America for believing in our confederation and the bidding process, and for their great commitment to continue to drive the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League,” added Montagliani.
Thirty-one confederation clubs will participate in the Concacaf club competitions platform, starting with the 2017-2018 season. Sixteen clubs from countries across the region, including Canada, Mexico, the United States, Central America and the Caribbean, will compete in the CONCACAF Champions League, which will run from February to May each year, starting in 2018.
In August 2017, sixteen Central American and Caribbean clubs will participate in a new tournament, ending in October.
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“This agreement encourages us to continue innovating, in order to offer this content across all of our platforms and provide the best experience to our fans,” said Carlos Martínez. “We thank the Concacaf leadership for believing in our project to continue broadcasting one of the most relevant championships for North America, Central America and the Caribbean.”
As for the new CONCACAF Champions League, it will consist of four qualified teams from Mexico (the champion and runner-up of the Liga MX Clausura and Apertura Tournaments), the four best qualified clubs from the MLS, and the champions of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, the Canadian Cup, and the Caribbean Club Championship, as well as the winner of the new tournament played the year before each Champions League edition. All will compete to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA Club World Cup.
The agreement also secures exclusive coverage and special programming for FOX Sports, with all pre-match and post-match analysis done by the broadcasting team composed of Raúl Orvañanos, Santiago Puente, Gustavo Mendoza, Rafael Márquez Lugo, Alberto García Aspe, Alex Aguinaga, and Fabián Estay.
Image: Fox Sports Latin America.