The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and FOX Sports Latin America made the official announcement yesterday about the renewal of the exclusive Latin American broadcasting rights for CONCACAF’s new club competitions platform.
Including the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, the renewal will carry on for five more years from the 2017-18 through the 2021-2022 seasons.
FOX Sports Latin America maintains the exclusive broadcasting rights across all platforms for Mexico and South America, as well as the Pay TV rights and digital platforms for Central America for the two CONCACAF club tournaments: the annual Champions League and the new club championship that will broadcast between August and October of each year, including clubs from Central America and the Caribbean.
“The extension of our relationship with FOX Sports Latin America is clear evidence that the most important club competition of our region is continuing to grow in popularity and prestige,” CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said. “We thank FOX Sports Latin America for its trust in our confederation and in the rights bidding process, and for its tremendous commitment to further promote the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.”
“This renewal allows us to continue offering our fans throughout Latin America, the official CONCACAF’s club championship for five more years, and reinforces our commitment to work hard everyday in order to continue being the number one sports channel network,” said Carlos Martínez, President of FOX Networks Group Latin America.” It encourages us to continue innovating, while offering this content throughout our platforms as well as providing the best experience to our fans. We thank President Montagliani and the CONCACAF leadership for believing in our project to continue transmitting one of the most relevant championships for North, Central America and the Caribbean.”
31 clubs from the Confederation will all be part of CONCACAF’s expanded club competitions platform, starting with the 2017-18 season. 16 clubs from countries such as Canada, Mexico, the United States, Central America and the Caribbean will compete in the CONCACAF Champions League, which will take place between February and May of each year, beginning 2018. Beginning in August 2017, 16 Central American and Caribbean clubs will partake in a new annual tournament as well, ending in October.
With the renewal, FOX Sports acquires exclusive coverage and special programming prospects, with a broad pre- and post-match analysis by a large team of professionals broadcasting live from the stadium and studio, including Raúl Orvañanos, Santiago Puente, Gustavo Mendoza, Rafael Márquez Lugo, Alberto García Aspe, Alex Aguinaga and Fabián Estay. The contract was concluded after an open rights bidding process by the Confederation.