The multibillion-dollar market for sports broadcasting rights is wreaking havoc in Europe, where soccer teams are suffering heavy losses due to pandemic-shuttered stadiums as new media players enter the field. In Italy, billionaire Leonard Blavatnik’s live sports streaming service DAZN, with backing from local telco streamer Telecom Italia, plunked down more than $1 billion per season for a three-year contract for the bulk of Italian Serie A soccer rights, displacing Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky. The deal marked the first time a streamer has nabbed exclusive rights to a major domestic league in its native territory.
The network said Tuesday it had reached a six-year agreement with the South American governing body CONMEBOL for English-language U.S. rights that include this year’s tournament in Colombia and Argentina from June 13 to July 10 and the 2024 tournament, likely to be played in Ecuador.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham throughout Tuesday evening deserted the proposal to launch a largely-closed midweek competition amid an escalating backlash from their supporters and warnings from the British government that legislation could be introduced to thwart it.
The Super League may not yet be a stone cold reality, but the proposal to band together 20 of the top European soccer clubs could generate billions of dollars in rights fees for football clubs across the pond, potentially attracting several major cable networks and broadcasters to compete for TV rights to the games.
Twelve European clubs planning to start a breakaway Super League have told the leaders of FIFA and UEFA that they have begun legal action aimed at fending off threats to block the competition.
The Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League and Circle City Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WISH signed a two-year extension of their broadcast agreement, ensuring fans will have an over-the-air option to watch Indy Eleven contests through the 2022 USL Championship campaign. Fans of Indiana’s Team will be able to watch 20 games during the 2021 […]
NEW YORK (AP) — The European Champions League final is returning to U.S. network television after a one-year absence. CBS said Thursday that this year’s final at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 29 will be televised on the main CBS network. Bayern Munich’s victory over Paris Saint-German in the pandemic-delayed 2020 final at Lisbon, […]
NEW YORK (AP) — The Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals will disappear from U.S. network and cable English-language television this summer under the new contract between UEFA and CBS, and the remainder of the 2019-20 competition will be primarily streamed. CBS took over rights from TBS during the coronavirus pandemic break and said Wednesday the […]
The most-watched sports league in the world will return, pending a sign off from health authorities, but will play in stadiums without fans and with stringent health protocols.
With U.S. media giants 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast all circling European broadcaster Sky Plc, the economics of English Premier League soccer have never been more important. The sport has been a key tool for attracting subscribers to Sky’s service over the past 25 years. Now, its ability to retain rights until 2022 to show matches featuring Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane — and at a reasonable price — could have a major impact on the company’s worth in the eyes of its U.S. suitors.
Facebook will stream more than a dozen matches from European soccer’s top tournament, the highest-profile event to join the small but growing lineup of live sports programming. Starting in September, the social network will show live Champions League matches in the U.S. through a partnership with Fox Sports. The deal with the sports division of 21st Century Fox includes double-headers during the group stage, four Round of 16 games and four quarterfinal matches.
Univision will bring the live stream for select matches from Univision Deportes’ portfolio of Mexican soccer league Liga MX to English-language fans via Facebook Live this season. Kicking off Saturday, Feb. 18, and continuing throughout 2017, fans can stream Liga MX matches in the U.S., in real-time on the Univision Deportes Facebook Page and via Facebook’s Video […]
Adding more sports channels and some general-interest networks makes the small soccer streaming site more of a competitor to both traditional cable and live-streaming services like Sony’s PlayStation Vue, Dish Network’s Sling TV and AT&T’s DirecTV Now.
ESPN today will formally announce its purchase of a U.S. package of European soccer rights that was agreed to nearly 10 months ago. ESPN agreed to pay around $110 million for a package that includes Euro ’20 and its qualifiers, the European ’22 World Cup qualifiers, a planned UEFA Nations League tournament of friendlies in ’18 and ’20 and the UEFA Nations League Final Four in ’19 and ’21.
The Premier League has announced a new deal with NBCUniversal to show live soccer games for the next six years.
VSI Tampa Bay Football Club today announced a marketing partnership with the Estrella TV subchannel of Hearst-owned independent WMOR Tampa, Fla. (DMA 14). The Hispanic network will conduct exclusive co-branded marketing with the newly formed USL Pro men’s professional soccer league team. “We are thrilled to be partnering with an organization like VSI,” WMOR President-GM […]