ESPN and Fox Sports Secure European Soccer Pay-TV Rights for Central and Latin America

June 21, 2011

ESPN International and Fox Sports Latin America have acquired pay-TV broadcast rights to soccer’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions covering Central and Latin America.

The deal, which does not include coverage in Brazil, has been agreed for the two networks to air Europe’s top two club competitions from 2012-15.

ESPN International and Fox Sports Latin America will each guarantee two live matches per match night in the Champions League and at least one live Europa League match from each kick-off slot on their channels every match week.

The agreements are platform-neutral, allowing both networks to exploit the rights via their internet sites and mobile.

In addition, both parties have also secured broadcast rights to the Europa League in the Caribbean region, with Champions League rights having been previously acquired by Fox Sports.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA marketing director, said: “UEFA is delighted to announce the extension of its relationship with Fox Sports in Central and Latin America as well as welcoming ESPN back as a partner in the region.

“By confirming these deals, we can ensure that Europe’s best club football is delivered on the best pan-regional platform for sports fans in the territory.”