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FOX Sports on verge of acquiring Copa America Centenario rights

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FOX Sports is on the verge of acquiring the English-language TV rights to the 2016 Copa America, according to a World Soccer Talk source.

The tournament, to be held in the United States from June 3-26 next year, will be the 100-year celebration of South America’s most prestigious international competition.

It will be the first time Copa America has ever been hosted outside of South America.

A spokesman for FOX Sports declined comment when contacted by World Soccer Talk regarding the news.

With the United States and Mexico automatically qualifying for the competition, the amount of interest in the tournament will be at a high coupled with the fact that all 10 CONMEBOL countries will be participating (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela and Bolivia). Plus, Costa Rica and Jamaica will participate in Copa America 2016 in addition to two other countries to be determined (the winners of 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup if not already qualified, or play-off winners amongst top four 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup finishers not already qualified; and the play-off winners amongst top four 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup finishers not already qualified).

SEE ALSO — Univision Deportes acquires Spanish-language TV rights to Copa America 2016.

If and when the deal is completely finalized for FOX Sports to acquire the rights, this will be another huge coup for FOX and an impressive addition to its growing arsenal of soccer TV rights. With its rights to the 2015 Women’s World Cup and 2016 Copa America, this will be a perfect lead-in to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and undoubtedly puts FOX Sports on the map as the leading broadcaster for soccer coverage in the United States.

While there’ll be worldwide attention focused on Copa America 2016, FOX will be competing with ESPN who will be televising Euro 2016 from June 10-July 10. The international tournament will be held in France.

The 2015 edition of Copa America will be shown this summer, live from Chile, on beIN SPORTS and fuboTV.

 

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Emmett

    May 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Is it worrying at all that Fox hasn’t announced the broadcast schedule yet for the Women’s World Cup and it starts in less than a month? Unless I missed an earlier article about this.

  2. Alex Gago

    May 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Bad news for me I am cable cord cutter but, good time to head to the sports bar for that month and that is my plan! Can’t wait!

    • Javier

      May 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      FOX Sports has put Gold Cup matches involving the US on over-the-air FOX. With this tournament being higher profile internationally with more big named teams, I would bet there is a great chance to see Sat or Sun games there on your local FOX affiliate, including the final.

  3. The Money Team

    May 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Reminder:

    Copa Centenario is classified by FIFA as an “unofficial” tournament, a la “US Cup” before MLS was launched.

    Translation: Copa Centenario is like all the other “friendly” tournaments, designed solely to suck money out of people’s pockets.

    How many of you suckers paid USD$99.99 for the Mayweather and Pacquiao tap-dancing and bear-hugging exhibition? Most people who knew anything about boxing would have steered cleared of that one. (Note also that one could have gone to San Diego or El Paso and watched Mayweather v Pacquiao for free with rabbit years on free-to-air broadcast TV. In fact, several establishments in San Diego were openly advertising that fight for free.)

    Those same suckers will paid over $200 for each ticket to the Copa Centenario final.

    • Matt

      May 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

      From my understanding, FIFA including the tournament in their calendar so it is official.

      Of course, that does not mean the teams will bring their strongest sides but I doubt they bring chumps either

    • Tim

      May 6, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      So do you think all the people paying $100+ for the ICC are suckers as well?

  4. Jessica

    May 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    This is bad news for cord cutters like me. We have Sling TV and get beIN Sports. Any word on if Fox Sports 1 and 2 are coming to Sling or the other streaming services out there????

    • Christopher Harris

      May 5, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Many of the FOX games are on FOX Soccer 2GO. More info about the different streaming packages can be found here.

    • Yespage

      May 5, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Nothing until Fox and Dish make with a new contract. I’m not certain when their current one is up. Don’t expect anything soon.

      I saw an email today for FS2Go for $99 for the year. No idea if the streaming quality is still as suspect as it was.

  5. Jason

    May 5, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Fox is going on all out on Soccer TV coverage. What gives?

    • Christopher Harris

      May 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      FOX Sports 1 and 2 need content. They don’t have a lot of rights to traditional US sports, and a lot of those are tied up under long rights deals, so soccer offers a lot of opportunities to boost ratings for FOX.

      We’ll have Matt Yoder from Awful Announcing on World Soccer Talk Radio tomorrow night to dive deeper into the question.

      • The Money Team

        May 6, 2015 at 9:39 am

        On the contrary, FOX Sports has plenty of summer-time content lined up:

        – USGA golf events: US Open (with Joe Buck and Greg Norman announcing), US Senior Open, US Women’s Open, US Public Links Championship (match play), etc.

        – NASCAR (Cup Series, 2nd Tier Saturday Series, 3rd Tier Truck Series) from February through June (NBC takes over from July through November)

        – MLB doubleheaders on Saturdays

        – UFC fight cards roughly every 2 weeks

        ==========

        CONMEBOL and CONCACAF really have nowhere else to go with English-language rights to Copa Centenario other than FOX because:

        – ESPN Networks (including ABC) will be tied up with NBA Finals, Euro 2016, and Wimbledon

        – NBC will be tied up with NHL Stanley Cup Finals

        – Turner doesn’t want it

        – CBS doesn’t want it

        – beIN doesn’t reach enough households

        • Christopher Harris

          May 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

          Golf, baseball and NASCAR? Yawn!

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