When the 45th edition of the Centennial Copa America kicks off in June in venues across the United States, Fox Sports will be the network to catch the many matches. Fox secured the English-language media rights to this special edition of the soccer tournament and means fans will be able to watch games across Fox, FS1 and FS2 and streaming across the Fox Sports Go platform.
Univision already holds Spanish-language rights for the event.
It’s not clear how much Fox paid for the one-year rights but it’s quite the turnaround from last year when they walked away from the negotiating table following concerns over the brewing FIFA scandal and global media rights.
The 2016 deal was made easier by the fact that ESPN and NBC Sports were both reportedly uninterested in negotiating for rights. ESPN is already committed to broadcasting the UEFA European championships around the same timeframe.
The 2016 edition of the Centennial Copa America will take place between June 3 and 26 and will feature 16 teams instead of the usual 12. Ten teams will represent CONMEBOL (South American Football Confederation) while six squads come from CONCACAF (North, Central American and Caribbean Football Association).
It’s big deal as it breaks with the usual four-year cycle of the tournament and it’s the first edition to be held outside of South America. Making the English language rights more valuable, the games will be held across the United States with games scheduled to take place in Seattle, Santa Clara, Pasadena, Glendale, Houston, Orlando, Chicago, Philadelphia, East Rutherford and Foxborough. Participating countries include The United State, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay, amongst others.