Fox Sports retains Gold Cup rights and adds Concacaf Champions League
By Jonathan Rest
Fox Sports, the US network, has signed an exclusive three-year deal with Concacaf, soccer's governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, for US English-language rights to a host of major competitions.
The multi-year deal is headlined by the 2021 and 2023 editions of the Gold Cup, the national teams tournament, and the Concacaf Champions League, the regional elite clubs competition, between 2020 and 2022.
The agreement begins with USA versus Haiti in the Women's Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers tomorrow, and also includes the men's Olympic qualifiers in Mexico next month.
Fox Sports has shown the biennial Gold Cup in USA since 2013, with the 2019 final, in which Mexico beat USA 1-0 Fox Sports 1's most watched non-World Cup game in the network’s history.
Victor Montagliani, president of Concacaf, said: “Fox Sports is an excellent partner for Concacaf and we are extremely pleased they have invested in our rights across so many competitions, beginning with what should be an exciting Women’s Olympic Qualifiers. They have an outstanding track record of delivering high-quality soccer coverage that reaches big audiences making this great news for fans, international teams across the region and clubs competing in our Champions League.”
Mark Silverman, Fox Sports president, national networks, added: “The US Women’s National Team captivated a country with its World Cup victory last summer, and we’re honoured to showcase this inspirational team once again as they begin their Olympic journey this week. Furthermore, we look forward to offering more men’s soccer, including the next two editions of the Gold Cup and the US Men’s National Team Olympic Qualifiers.”
The 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League begins on 18 February.
US English-language rights to the Champions League have been held for the past two seasons by Yahoo Sports, the web services provider.
Earlier this month, Mediapro, the Spanish media rights and production agency, acquired exclusive Gold Cup rights in Canada for 2021 and 2023, as well as the men's and women's Olympics qualifiers.