The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), FC Diez and beIN MEDIA GROUP announced today a long-term media rights agreement, making beIN SPORTS the exclusive multiplatform broadcast partner for the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana soccer tournaments in both the United States and Canada.
Fans in North America will now be afforded the greatest flexibility to watch current and upcoming stars of global soccer from coast-to-coast during prime time viewing hours, all exclusively on beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español and the network’s streaming platform, beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
beIN SPORTS’ comprehensive LIVE coverage of the tournaments will set a new precedent by super serving its highly engaged viewers in both English and Spanish with year-round premium soccer coverage over the 41 weeks of competition. While many tournaments are fragmented across various networks and platforms, beIN SPORTS continues to show its fan-first commitment by bucking that trend and acquiring multiplatform rights exclusively for the benefit of its fans.
“We are honored to bring the upcoming Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana to our channels for the first time in the U.S. and Canada, and are excited to play a role in making these thrilling, passionate and historic tournaments a truly global event,” said Antonio Briceño, beIN SPORTS' Deputy Managing Director for the U.S. and Canada. “The new agreement, and strong partnership with CONMEBOL, allows us to further cater to our unique audience, evolving our coverage from the best of the weekend to now the best of the week with our robust broadcast commitment for these must watch tournaments.”
The four-year deal, from 2019 to 2022, positions beIN SPORTS as the broadcast leader of premium live soccer events by building on the network’s expanding portfolio of major sports rights, which includes exclusive coverage of top global soccer leagues LaLiga, Ligue 1, Süper Lig and global competitions such as the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Copa del Rey and Coupe de France.
Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana tournament scheduling will not conflict with current top-tier soccer programming such as LaLiga and Ligue 1, given the multiple weekday kick-off time slots with minimal crossover.
beIN SPORTS can be found nationwide in the U.S. via major traditional and OTT providers including Dish, Charter, Verizon Fios, Sling, and FuboTV, among others.
The deal was brokered by FC Diez Media, a joint venture between Perform and IMG, set up to advise CONMEBOL on their commercial rights for club competitions.