Sportsnet scores multiplatform deal for international football in Canada

Editor | 13-01-2013

CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football, has signed a four-year multiplatform agreement with Canadian sports broadcaster Sportsnet for the rights to seven of its properties.

The deal runs through to 2016 and features television, online and mobile rights to world-class CONCACAF football events. These include the CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, the Men’s and Women’s Qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Men’s and Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Championships, the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in 2016, and the 2014 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA World Cup.

Sportsnet has a history of taking a strategic play in football and in August 2012 became an official licensed broadcaster of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and launched Soccer Central, a nightly one-hour news show that provides football fans with news, highlights and analysis from the world’s leading leagues such as the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

“Sportsnet is committed to providing fans with access to premium soccer content, and providing viewers with exceptional broadcast coverage,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. “The addition of these CONCACAF events to our already robust soccer portfolio ensures more than ever that Canadians will be able to see all of the action of the beautiful game, from everywhere around the world.”