BeIN Sports, the international pay-television operator, has renewed its exclusive rights deal for South American soccer’s top club competitions in the US and Canada for another four seasons.

Under the extended agreement with continental governing body Conmebol, the broadcaster will continue to show the top-tier Copa Libertadores and secondary Copa Sudamericana competitions for the 2023-2026 period.

The deal also includes the Conmebol Recopa, the annual contest between the winners of the Libertadores and Sudamericana.

The competitions have a large following in North America, particularly among Hispanic viewers, and extensive content will continue to be provided on the main BeIN Sports channel and beIN Sports en Español, as well as the network's streaming platform BeIN Sports Connect, BeIN Sports Xtra, and BeIN Sports Xtra en Español.

In addition to live games, BeIN Sports will provide exclusive coverage and special programming including pre- and post-match analysis.

The Qatar-based broadcaster first acquired rights to the Libertadores and Sudamericana in 2019 when it replaced national network Fox.

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Antonio Briceño, managing director of BeIN Sports US and Canada, said: "We are proud of the continued partnership with Conmebol as it reinforces our commitment to bring historic soccer tournaments closer to sports fans in the region.

"This agreement continues to highlight the expansion of soccer in the United States and Canada, along with a growing influence from South American soccer."

Juan Emilio Roa, commercial director of Conmebol, added: "We are pleased to extend our alliance and have the collaboration of a multiplatform reference partner for sports worldwide, such as BeIN Sports, which will allow us to expose the best of our soccer to a vast audience in the United States and Canada."

The 2023 edition of the Libertadores will begin in February, while the Sudamericana will start in March.

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