ESPN holds on to Uefa club competition rights in Latin America
ESPN International, the international arm of the sports broadcaster, has retained rights in Spanish-speaking Latin America to European club soccer's elite Uefa Champions League and secondary Europa League.
The new deal covers the 2018-19 to 2020-21 seasons, and also includes the Super Cup, the annual game between the winners of the two aforementioned competitions. The contract begins with the 2018 Super Cup in Tallinn, Estonia on 15 August.
ESPN will show a total of 71 Champions League matches each season, of which all but the semi-finals and final will be exclusive and on pay-television.
With Uefa introducing two separate kick-off times for the elite competition next season - 7pm and 9pm (CET) - ESPN said it will be able to "offer more live matches to fans than ever before."
ESPN will offer 103 Europa League matches per season, with all but the final being exclusive to the broadcaster.
ESPN will also air highlights and magazine programmes throughout the season.
Tim Bunnell, senior vice-president of programming and production at ESPN International, said: “The renewal reflects our steadfast commitment to deliver world-class content to fans across Latin America.”
The Team Marketing agency launched the Champions League and Europa League sales process in Latin America in early September, with Brazil once again excluded from the tender.
For the 2015-16 to 2017-18 cycle, which ends with the 26 May Champions League final in Kiev, ESPN International shares rights with Fox Sports Latin America, the pan-regional pay-TV sports broadcaster, while a package of Champions League rights in the region was also sold to Mountrigi, the Zug-based Televisa subsidiary.